Narrative Experiments :

Ormiston, Gayle L.

Narrative Experiments : The Discursive Authority of Science and Technology. - 1 online resource (177 pages)

Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1. The Interplay of Science and Technology: An Introduction -- The Linguistic Context -- Science versus Technology or Science/Technology -- Linking Theory and Practice -- The Conceptual and Practical Context of Current Issues -- Science/Technology as Language/Culture -- Notes -- Chapter 2. Fictional Visions of Science and Technology -- Introduction -- Some Fictions of Science and the Science of Fiction -- Science: An Educational Fiction -- The Reality of Science Fiction -- Linguistic Construction: Reality/Truth/History -- Notes -- Chapter 3. Legacies, Legends, and Enlightenments: The Pretext of Critique -- Introduction -- Three Critiques of Reason -- Kant: The Optimism of Enlightenment -- Rousseau: The Deception of Enlightenment -- Hume: The Enigma of Enlightenments -- Impressions of the Enlightenments -- Marx: The Ambiguity of Critique -- Nietzsche: The Engagement of Ambiguity -- Notes -- Chapter 4. The Dissemination of Authority -- Introduction -- The Classical-Canonical View of Authority -- The Modern-Assessment View of Authority -- Meta-Narratives and Dissemination -- Notes -- Chapter 5. Consequences of Dissemination: Narrative Recollections and the Languages of Pedagogy -- Post-Philosophy: The Contemporary-Linguistic View of Authority -- The Dissemination of Authority II: metanarratives -- Anámnēsis, Interpretations, and Performances -- Pragmatic Maxims, Performances, and Pedagogy -- The Last Words: Reading First Lines -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z.

Narrative Experiments was first published in 1989. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In Narrative Experiments, Gayle Ormiston and Ralph Sassower bring a refreshing perspective to the domains of inquiry we call "science" and "technology," asserting that traditional definitions (like classical idealism and materialism) fail to suggest the rich and complex cultural/linguistic interplay occurring between them. This context is not merely a background, nor is Ormiston and Sassower's just one more interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Instead, their book argues, science, technology, and the humanities developed in concert with one another, and their reciprocity obliterates all traditional disciplinary boundaries. Ormiston and Sassower build their case by devoting a chapter to each of the four themes emerging from the etymological introduction. First, they look at the role fiction and other literary modes play in developing our attitudes toward science and technology -- how the visions of Bacon, Hobbes, Galileo, Rousseau, Mary Shelley, and Orwell evoke both anxiety and hope. Next, they examine a series of eighteenth-century "fictions" -- the Enlightenment texts of Kant, Rousseau, and Hume -- and the elevated (but ambiguous) status science and technology associated with them. The last two chapters evaluate modes of discursive authority and its dissemination -- classical and modern extralinguistic approaches; the contemporary-linguistic view espoused by Rorty, Quine, and others; and their own avowedly experimental journey through the labyrinths of cultural and linguistic usage.

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