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Ethical Communication Moral Stances in Human Dialogue by Clifford G. Christians

Ethical Communication Moral Stances in Human Dialogue


Ethical Communication Moral Stances in Human Dialogue by Clifford G. Christians

Proponents of professional ethics recognize the importance of theory but also know that the field of ethics is best understood through real-world applications. This book introduces students and practitioners to important ethical concepts through the lives of major thinkers ranging from Aristotle to Ayn Rand, John Stuart Mill to the Dalai Lama.Some two dozen contributors approach media ethics from five perspectives - altruistic, egoistic, autonomous, legalist, and communitarian - and use real people as examples to convey ethical concepts as something more than mere abstractions. Readers see how Confucius represents group loyalty; Gandhi, nonviolent action; Mother Teresa, the spirit of sacrifice. Each profile provides biographical material, the individual's basic ethical position and contribution, and insight into how his or her moral teachings can help the modern communicator. The roster of thinkers is gender inclusive, ethnically diverse, and spans a broad range of time and geography to challenge the misperception that moral theory is dominated by Western males.These profiles challenge us not to give up on moral thinking in our day but to take seriously the abundance of good ideas in ethics that the human race provides. They speak to real-life struggles by applying to such trials the lasting quality of foundational thought. Many of the root values to which they appeal are cross-cultural, even universal.Examplifying these five ethical perspectives through more than two dozen mentors provides today's communicators with a solid grounding of key ideas for improving discussion and attaining social progress in their lives and work. These profiles convey the diversity of means to personal and social betterment through worthwhile ideas that truly make ethics come alive.

About the Author

Clifford G. Christians is Research Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, and his books include Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning, now in its eighth edition. John C. Merrill is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia and author or editor of more than two dozen books, including most recently Media, Mission, and Morality.

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Publication date

15th April 2009


Clifford G. Christians

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University of Missouri Press


232 pages


Ethics & moral philosophy
Communication studies



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