A Philosophically Based Inquiry into the Nature of Communicating Humans

Authored by: Wayne Woodward

The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  September  2008

Print ISBN: 9780805861914
eBook ISBN: 9780203893043
Adobe ISBN: 9781135594602

10.4324/9780203893043.ch1

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Abstract

Inquiry into the ‘nature’ of communicating humans is certain to strike some readers as misdirected, a step backwards towards a way of thinking that was surpassed through awareness of the discursive, culturally-based (i.e., distinctly ‘non-natural’) character of human communicative activities. Accordingly, the topic of this chapter requires preliminary justification and an orienting perspective with regard to its central concepts.

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