Encountering Communication Ethics in the Contemporary World

Principles, People, and Contexts

Authored by: George Cheney , Debashish Munshi , Steve May , Erin Ortiz

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415994644
eBook ISBN: 9780203890400
Adobe ISBN: 9781135846671


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Communication, as both a discipline and an “interdiscipline” or field, is poised to play a unique role in advancing discussions of ethics because the field offers an array of concepts and principles attuned to the examination of ethics writ large. That is to say, the conceptual and practical orientation of communication studies enables us to probe questions about how ethics come to the forefront of consciousness and experience (or not). Communication is especially well suited for meta-ethical analyses as well as examinations of specific ethical issues, dilemmas, and decisions because of how it is attuned to the very construction of arguments about what “counts” as relevant information, opinion, and choice. The rhetorical framing of ethics broadly considered, where ethics can be treated as integral to the life-world or ancillary to it, is but one obvious but powerful example.

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