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Communicating Ethically - 07 edition

Communicating Ethically (ISBN10: 0205393632; ISBN13: 9780205393633)
ISBN13: 978-0205393633
ISBN10: 0205393632

Summary: Communication Ethics provides a broad introduction to the ethical nature of communication.

The text combines coverage of the major systems of ethical reasoning with lots of applications, including case studies in each chapter, to investigate ethics within many fields in the discipline: rhetoric, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, political communication, and mass communication/media. By incorporating a simple framework for ethical re moreasoning, students will be able to develop their own understanding of the various criteria for making ethical judgments.


  • Introduces students to broad coverage of the basic questions about the ethical nature of communication. The text covers ethical considerations in numerous communications fields, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mass communication/media, and political communication.
  • Presents an overview of the major systems of ethical reasoning and applications. Part 1 presents the major systems of ethical reasoning throughout history: virtue ethics, universalistic systems of ethics, utilitarianism and egalitarian theories of ethics, dialogic ethics, and postmodern and feminist perspectives. Part 2 covers applications of ethics in various communicative settings, so that students can see how the major systems are applied in the real world.
  • Offers a case study in each chapter, illustrating principles related to the chapter topic. The case studies provide students with an opportunity to apply concepts that they learn while developing their critical thinking skills.
  • Develops a capstone with the last chapter to assist instructors and students in pulling together the various themes and topics discussed throughout the text.
  • Gives a framework for ethical reasoning that is easy for instructors to teach and easy for students to learn. The text borrows a model from argumentation theory -- three forms of propositions: Fact, Value, and Policy -- thereby allowing students to develop an understanding of the various criteria that have been formulated for making ethical judgments.
  • Provides extended coverage of ethical considerations related to issues of diversity, including people with disabilities.
  • Includes a full chapter of ethics of computer-mediated and web-based communication.
  • Separates the types of conflict from the process of managing the conflict allowing for a better and more in-depth explanation of each area. less

Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Year Published: 2007
International: No

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