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New Reviews of Rhetoric and Incommensurability (2008)
From two new reviews of Rhetoric and Incommensurability, edited by Randy Harris:
Harris’s book is especially strong for its reminder to rhetoricians that Kuhn’s notion of the paradigm is not the only source of incommensurability theory. In tracing the history of incommensurability in both Feyerabend and in Kuhn’s evolving theory, Rhetoric and Incommensurability helps to create a productive space of interaction between rhetoric and incommensurability studies more broadly conceived. Although Rhetoric and Incommensurability probably will not be the final word on rhetoric of science and incommensurability studies, it does an excellent job of summing up recent rhetorically based incommensurability scholarship. Finally, it expertly integrates research from the allied humanist and social studies of science while continuously keeping the focus on the rhetorical issues involved.
—S. Scott Graham, in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 38.2 (2008): 233.
Readers of this journal, chiefly interested in incommensurability as a philosophical topic, will be most attracted to Parts 1 and 2 of the book, where the essays are more theoretical. It is on these that this review is focused, particularly Harris’s booklength introduction which impresses me as a real tour de force. The book is worth buying for this essay alone for the revealing way it disentangles themes in the literature on incommensurability, including discussion of rhetoric and ways of dealing with incommensurability.
—Struan Jacobs, in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22.1 (2008): 100.