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Ethical Communication : Moral Stances in Human Dialogue,9780826218469

Ethical Communication : Moral Stances in Human Dialogue

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/13/2009
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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 individualrs"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. Exemplifying these five ethical perspectives through more than two dozen mentors provides todayrs"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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Altruistic Stance: Loyalty to Othersp. 9
Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama: Universal Compassionp. 11
Jesus: Loving Neighborsp. 18
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianismp. 25
Carol Gilligan: Ethics of Carep. 33
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Ethics of Personalismp. 40
Mother Teresa: The Ethics of Sacrificep. 46
The Egoistic Stance: Loyalty to Selfp. 53
Aristotle: Self-Developmentp. 55
Friedrich Nietzsche: Becoming an Üet;bermenschp. 61
Machiavelli: Pragmatic Realismp. 68
Camus: The Rebellious Spiritp. 74
Kautilya of India: Social Egoismp. 81
Ayn Rand: Rational Self-Interestp. 86
The Autonomy Stance: Loyalty to Freedomp. 93
Henry David Thoreau: Value of Solitudep. 95
John Locke: Natural Rightsp. 102
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Courage versus Authorityp. 109
Paulo Freire: Face Saving and Communicationp. 115
Hannah Arendt: Public as Authorityp. 121
The Legalist Stance: Loyalty to Authorityp. 127
Plato: Elite Normsp. 129
Muhammad: Honor-Centered Moralityp. 136
Immanuel Kant: Importance of Dutyp. 145
Moses: Deontological Normsp. 151
Thomas Hobbes: The Ethics of Social Orderp. 158
The Communitarian Stance: Loyalty to the Communityp. 165
Confucius: Ethics of Characterp. 167
Mohandas Gandhi: Fellowship of Powerp. 173
Karl Marx: Transcending Alienationp. 180
John Dewey: Democratic Conversationp. 186
Jüet;rgen Habermas: Consensus and Citizenshipp. 193
Emmanuel Levinas: Priority of the Otherp. 200
Contributorsp. 207
Indexp. 211
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