Historical Pragmatics of Controversies

Case studies from 1600 to 1800

| University of Giessen
| University of Giessen
| University of Giessen
ISBN 9789027200983 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027263889 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The book gives an introduction to the new research field of Historical Pragmatics of Controversies and provides seven case studies (from 1609 to 1796) on controversies in the fields of astronomy/astrology, medicine, chemistry, philosophy, and theology. The protagonists of these controversies include both famous authors like Kepler, Hobbes and Leibniz and internationally less known authors like the German theologian A.H. Francke and the chemist F.A.C. Gren. The case studies examine the organizing principles of historical controversies, language use, moves and strategies, topic management and text organisation, and the adherence to communication principles in these controversies. At the same time they analyse the use of different text types and media in the course of controversies, including pamphlets, journal articles, reviews, scientific handbooks and letters. In addition, the case studies demonstrate early modern writers’ resources from disputation practice, dialectic, and rhetoric and show developments of the practice of polemical writing during this period.
[Controversies, 14]  2018.  vii, 346 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The pragmatic organization of controversies: A historical perspective
Gerd Fritz
Chapter 2. The pragmatic organization of the Kepler/Röslin/Feselius controversy on the scientific status of astrology (1609/1611)
Thomas Gloning
Chapter 3. The pragmatic organization of the Hobbes vs. Bramhall controversy (1645–1658)
Gerd Fritz
Chapter 4. Old and new medicine: The Gehema/Geuder controversy over medical practices (1688/89)
Gerd Fritz and Thomas Gloning
Chapter 5. The pamphlet and its alternatives around 1700: A thread of the Pietist controversy (Johann Friedrich Mayer vs. August Hermann Francke)
Gerd Fritz and Juliane Glüer
Chapter 6. Leibniz vs. Locke: A virtual controversy
Gerd Fritz
Chapter 7. Reviews and responses: A controversy about the biblical canon (1771–1775)
Gerd Fritz and Juliane Glüer
Chapter 8. Controversy and conversion: Friedrich Albert Carl Gren and the phlogiston controversy (1790–96)
Gerd Fritz
“[T]he book makes a theoretically and methodologically uniform contribution to the history of controversy as a communication form, and in this way remains relevant to the field of historical pragmatics.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018014197 | Marc record