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Communicating Ethically

Character, Duties, Consequences, and Relationships, 3rd Edition

By William W. Neher


456 pages

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This thoroughly updated third edition of Communicating Ethically provides a broad introduction to the ethical nature of communication, bringing together classical and modern theories of ethical philosophy to address issues at play in specific careers and domains throughout the field.

By incorporating a simple framework for ethical reasoning, the reader will be able to develop their own understanding of the various criteria for making ethical judgments. Communicating Ethically applies ethical theories such as virtue ethics and dialogic ethics to contexts of interpersonal, organizational, political, and digital communication. This edition contains expanded coverage of contemporary and non-Western theories and contexts, including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, social media and ‘fake news,’ and concerns of inclusion and marginalization. Each chapter contains a Preview and Key Ideas sections, and the book contains a Glossary.

Communicating Ethically serves as core textbook for undergraduate courses in communication and media ethics, and can also serve as a supplemental resource for field-specific courses in Strategic Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations.

Online resources for instructors include sample syllabi, sample assignments, and quiz questions. They are available at


Praise for the Previous Edition

"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

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Communication Ethics 2 Character in Communication and Virtue Ethics 3 Duties 4 Consequences 5 Relationships 6 Contemporary Challenges to Traditional Ethics 7 Ethics in Interpersonal Communication: Relationship and Character 8 Ethics of Intercultural Encounters and Inclusive Communication 9 Ethical Issues in Mass Communication 10 Ethics of Political Communication 11 Ethics in Organizational Communication 12 Ethics of Online Communication and Social Media 13 Capstone

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies