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2nd Edition

Practicing Communication Ethics
Development, Discernment, and Decision Making

ISBN 9781138233942
Published September 19, 2018 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Practicing Communication Ethics: Development, Discernment, and Decision Making presents a theoretical framework for developing a personal standard of ethics that can be applied in everyday communication situations. This second edition focuses on how the reader’s communication matters ethically in cocreating their relationships, family, workgroups, and communities. Through an examination of ethical values including truth, justice, freedom, care, integrity, and honor, the reader can determine which values they are ethically committed to upholding. Blending communication theory, ethics as practical philosophy, and moral psychology, the text presents the practice of communication ethics as part of the lifelong process of personal development and fosters the ability in its readers to approach communication decision making through an ethical lens.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Developing a Practice of Communication Ethics

Chapter 1 The Centrality of Ethics in Human Communication

Chapter 2 Developing a Personal Ethical Standard for Human Communication

Chapter 3 Ethical Reasoning about Human Communication

Chapter 4 Six Ethical Values of Human Communication

Chapter 5 Applying Values and Principles in Ethical Reasoning

Part 2: Applying Ethical Theories to Human Communication

Chapter 6 Traditional Approaches to Ethical Theory

Chapter 7 Contemporary Alternatives to Modernist Ethical Theories

Part 3: Four Contexts of Ethical Communication Practice

Chapter 8 Communication Ethics and Digital Communication

Chapter 9 Communication Ethics and Community

Chapter 10 Communication Ethics and Intercultural Communication

Chapter 11 Your Practice of Communication Ethics


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Paula S. Tompkins is professor of communication studies at St. Cloud State University, USA.


"Paula Tompkins' Practicing Communication Ethics offers a rich, creative, and exceptionally well-written examination of its topic and its application to the teaching and research agendas of interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organization communication, and rhetorical theory and criticism. Tompkins emphasizes that the practice of communication ethics matters ethically as an act of hope for cultivating the moral ecology of communal life."

–Michael J. Hyde, Wake Forest University, USA

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