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
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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