, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 21–32 | Cite as

Narrative rationality and the logic of scientific discourse

  • Walter R. Fisher


This essay argues that scientific discourse is amenable to interpretation and assessment from the perspective of the narrative paradigm and its attendant logic, narrative rationality. It also contends that this logic entails a revised conception of knowledge, one that permits the possibility of wisdom. The text analyzed is James D. Watson and Francis H. Crick's proposal of the double helix model of DNA.

Key words

Rhetoric scientific discourse logic knowledge reason rationality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter R. Fisher
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  1. 1.Communication Arts and SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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