4th Edition

Communicating Ethically Character, Duties, Consequences, and Relationships

By William Neher Copyright 2024
    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This thoroughly updated fourth edition provides a broad introduction to the major theoretical perspectives on the ethics of communication. It brings 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, readers are able to develop their own understanding of various criteria for making ethical judgments. The book applies ethical theories, such as virtue and dialogical ethics, to interpersonal, organizational, political, social media, and digital communication contexts. This edition contains expanded coverage of contemporary and non-Western issues and theories. This includes the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements, "fake news", new technologies such as "Deepfake" videos, Confucian ethics, and Igbo ethics. It also includes a new chapter on the ethics of communicating scientific and medical risks.

    This book serves as a core textbook for undergraduate courses in Communication and Media Ethics and can also be used 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 a test bank for multiple choice and essay questions. They are available at www.routledge.com/9781032507798.

    Part 1:

    1. Introduction to Communication Ethics 

    2. Character and Virtue Ethics 

    3. Duties 

    4. Consequences 

    5. Relationships 

    6. Contemporary Challenges to Traditional Ethics

    Part 2:

    7. Ethics of Online Communication and Social Media 

    8. Ethics in Interpersonal Communication: Relationship and Character 

    9. Intercultural Communication and Inclusive Communication 

    10. Ethics of Risk Communication  

    11. Ethical Issues in Mass Communication 

    12. Ethics of Political Communication

    13. Ethics in Organizational Communication

    14. Capstone 


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