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ArticleName Metallurgical science in a virtual reality
DOI 10.17580/tsm.2022.07.12
ArticleAuthor Mikeshin M. I.

Saint Petersburg Mining University, Saint Petersburg, Russia:

Mikeshin M. I., Associated Professor, Research Director, The Problem Lab of Social Sciences & Humanities, Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, e-mail:


Today, most scientific texts intended for publication are subject to strict requirements in terms of structure and presentation. Such requirements, together with the established traditions of writing papers, directly affect not only the choice of scientific language, but also the very thinking of technoscientists. The study of published scientific texts as rhetorical tools allows one to assess what and how technoscientists think, how they imagine their science. Russian metallurgical engineers papers in Russian and international high-level journals are used as the research material. These papers professionally tell us about problems of corrosion during oil transportation, management and control of silicon production, composite aluminum alloys, methods of processing kaolin ore, the use of red mud, the history of minting the first Soviet coins. The epistemological analysis of these technoscientific texts allows us to conclude that the considered scientific papers are characterized by a specific “objectivist” technoscientific discourse, deliberately free from many contexts. They create a special “humanless“ “virtual reality“, in which the influence and account of many factors of reality are excluded. The problem of the adequacy of such a discourse to modern technoscience, to its development and social interactions is posed.

keywords Technoscientific text, rationality, objectivism, metallurgy, discourse, context, virtual reality, contextomy

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