Habermas on acid: a rhetorical analysis of a scientific controversy

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dc.contributor.author Arnett , E Jonathan en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Koerber , Amy en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Kemp , Fred en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lang , Susan en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Baake , Ken en_US
dc.degree.department Technical Communication and Rhetoric en_US
dc.degree.discipline Technical Communication and Rhetoric en_US
dc.degree.grantor Texas Tech University en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph .D . en_US
dc.rights.availability unrestricted en_US
dc.creator Arnett , E Jonathan en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -06 -06T20 :15 :44Z
dc.date.available 2011 -02 -18T19 :15 :39Z en_US
dc.date.available 2014 -06 -06T20 :15 :44Z
dc.date.issued 2008 -08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /10073 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation contains a analysis of 11 publications that appeared in scientific journals in the year 1967 and dealt with the potential for LSD to cause chromosome damage and /or birth defects . These publications were analyzed using the ideal speech communication situation , a theory developed by the German social philosopher , Jürgen Habermas . Within these texts , the existence and influence of distorted communication , as defined by Habermas , indicates when and where open , free communication broke down and influenced the course of scientific discussion . This dissertation’s analysis of the articles from 1967 shows that the publications contained communicative distortion , and the communicative distortion provides more than enough reason to doubt both the scientific validity of the reported LSD -chromosome damage and LSD -birth defects links and the reasoning behind the scientific consensus emerging at the end of 1967 that LSD did cause chromosome damage and birth defects . In terms of technical communication scholarship , this dissertation’s analysis demonstrates that Habermas’s theory of the ideal speech communication situation can be used as an analytical tool for rhetoric of science studies and contribute to the further development of the field . en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.publisher Texas Tech University en_US
dc.subject 1967 en_US
dc.subject ideal speech communication situation en_US
dc.subject LSD en_US
dc.title Habermas on acid : a rhetorical analysis of a scientific controversy en_US
dc.type Electronic Dissertation en_US

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Arnett, E Jonathan Habermas on acid: a rhetorical analysis of a scientific controversy. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /10073 .

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