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date: 23 October 2020

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This chapter examines the place and effects of rhetoric in social epistemology, taking its point of entry from the rhetorical strategies implicit in Rachel Carson’s landmark book, Silent Spring, and showing how the assumptions of rhetorically neutral epistemology are contested in the new social epistemologies of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. When place and epistemic subjectivity claim a constitutive part in hitherto dislocated inquiry, rhetorical strategies claim a new legitimacy.

Keywords: rhetoric, social epistemology, epistemic subjectivity, rhetorical strategies, Rachel Carson

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