Textual Dynamics of the Professions: Historical & by Charles Bazerman

By Charles Bazerman

Textual Dynamics of the Professions is a suite of fifteen essays reading the genuine results of texts on expert practices--in educational, medical, and company settings.

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By Charles Bazerman

Textual Dynamics of the Professions is a suite of fifteen essays reading the genuine results of texts on expert practices--in educational, medical, and company settings.

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By establishing a succinct codification of what is currently known, generally agreed to, and observable, Priestley clarifies the extent of shared knowledge. This brief, yet comprehensive, list allows for coordination of continuing work, recognition of novelties and anomalies in new observations, rapid socialization of neophyte electricians into the current state of knowledge, and easy reference. The list of propositions thus serves the functions of both the modern handbook and the modern textbook.

By this means, therefore, every man might make the best use of 32 Charles Bazerman his abilities for the common good. Some might strike out lights, and others pursue them; and philosophers might not only enjoy the pleasure of reflecting upon their own discoveries; but also upon the share they had contributed to the discoveries of others. (2:60-61) Publicly shared questions help coordinate the work of many hands and help further the incomplete ideas of many minds. As that work goes forward, questions are answered, discarded, or change.

Priestley adopts this historical attitude even to theories viable in his own time, including his favored account: Franklin's theory of positive and negative electricity. Priestley discusses how Franklin's theory provides a satisfactory account of a number of phenomena, especially that of the Leyden jar - the phenomenon which the theory was first developed to explain. But he also discusses a number of phenomena for which the theory remains inadequate, such as the influence of points and the electrification of clouds.

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