chapter  5
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The Construction of Knowledge and Value in the Grammar of Scientific Discourse: Charles Darwin’s The Origin of the Species

Our text for this symposium is ‘verbal and iconic representations: aesthetic and functional values’. I shall start from verbal representations and functional values; but I shall suggest that functional values may be also aesthetic, and verbal representations may be also iconic. The first part of the paper will be a general discussion; then in the second part I shall focus on one particular text, the final two paragraphs of Darwin’s The Origin of the Species.