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2nd Edition

Communicating Ethically
Character, Duties, Consequences, and Relationships

ISBN 9781138223653
Published February 20, 2017 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

Communicating Ethically provides a broad introduction to the ethical nature of communication. Now in its second edition, the text has been revised to further address current issues, such as: evolving social media and digital platforms, growing cultural communication and discussion of diversity, and the ethics of public discourse. This book combines coverage of the major systems of ethical reasoning with applications, including case studies in each chapter, to investigate ethics within many fields in the communication discipline. Incorporating a simple framework for ethical reasoning allows the reader to develop their own understanding of the various criteria for making ethical judgments.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Communication Ethics

2 Character in Communication and Virtue Ethics

3 Duties

4 Consequences

5 Relationships

6 Contemporary Challenges

7 Ethics in Interpersonal Communication: Relationship and Character

8 Ethics and the Communication of Diversity

9 Ethical Issues in Mass Communication

10 Ethics of Political Communication

11 Ethics in Organizational Communication

12 Ethics of Online and Digital Communication

13 Capstone

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William W. Neher is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Butler University.

Paul J. Sandin (March 17, 1950 - April 6, 2012) was founding Director of The Speakers Lab at Butler University.


"I have used this text every semester for several years. I find it to be an excellent systematic treatment of communication ethics, with superb case studies. It is also well written—a book that students will actually read and enjoy. I highly recommend it."

-Randal S. Chase, Ph.D., Dixie State University, USA


"This text is one that students will keep on their bookshelves for years to come."

-Donna Gotch, California state University, San Bernardino


"This book is the most comprehensive and useful communication ethics text available.  It covers a wide range of ethical theories and invites readers to apply those theories to intriguing real-world dilemmas.  This combination of theory and application provides a robust resource for spirited dialogue and debate about ethical decision-making."

-Deb McCabe, Butte-Glenn Community College

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