Practicing Communication Ethics: Development, Discernment, and Decision-Making

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Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Communication Ethics and Our Historical Momentp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Developing a Practice of Communication Ethicsp. 1
The Centrality of Ethics in Human Communicationp. 3
Communication Mattersp. 7
Developing a Practice of Ethical Communicationp. 13
Developing a Personal Ethical Standard for Human Communicationp. 19
A Personal Ethical Standard for Human Communicationp. 20
Acquiring Ethical Values and Principlesp. 20
Developing a Personal Ethical Standardp. 25
Familyp. 26
Peersp. 28
Culturep. 28
Religion and Spiritualityp. 29
The Marketplacep. 30
Popular Culturep. 31
Evaluating Your Personal Ethical Standardp. 34
Logical Analysisp. 34
Testing by Experiencep. 36
Expressing your Personal Ethical Standard as a Code or Credop. 38
Ethical Reasoning About Human Communicationp. 46
Steps in Ethical Reasoningp. 47
Recognizing an Ethical Issuep. 47
Get the Facts about the Situationp. 51
Think About Alternative Ethical Responsesp. 53
Evaluate Alternatives from Different Points of Viewp. 55
The Everyday Practice of Ethicsp. 56
Ethical Theoriesp. 57
Act, Then Reflect on Your Decisionp. 60
Practicing Ethical Reasoning in Human Communicationp. 60
Ethical Decision Points of Communicationp. 60
"Should I speak orĂ ?p. 60
"If I speak, what should I say?"p. 61
"When I communicate, How should I communicate?"p. 61
Communicating Your Ethical Reasoning to Othersp. 61
Five Ethical Values of Human Communicationp. 68
Truth and Truthfulnessp. 69
Justicep. 74
Freedomp. 80
Carep. 83
Integrityp. 84
Your Personal Ethical Standardp. 87
Applying Values and Principles in Ethical Reasoningp. 95
Absolutism as an Ethical Imperativep. 96
The Many Faces of Relativismp. 99
Casuistry: Balancing Principles with Responsivenessp. 103
Applying Ethical Theories to Human Communicationp. 115
Traditional Approaches to Ethical Theoryp. 117
Virtue Ethicsp. 118
Moral Rightsv121
Kant and Moral Rightsp. 123
Moral Rights of Communicationp. 124
Utilitarianismp. 126
Contemporary Alternatives to Modernist Ethical Theoriesp. 136
Modernist Thinkingp. 137
Postmodernismp. 140
Decentered Selfp. 140
Postmodern Truth as Justified Truthp. 142
Post-modern Powerp. 144
Dialoguep. 149
Ethical Carep. 156
Three Contexts of Ethical Communication Practicep. 171
Communication Ethics and Communityp. 173
Dialectical Tensions of Communityp. 174
The Dialectical Tension of Similarity and Differencep. 175
The Dialectical Tension between the Individual and Communityp. 179
Managing Dialectical Tensions of Community in the U.S.p. 182
"Friendship" as a Metaphor for Communityp. 183
"Citizenship" as a Metaphor for Communityp. 185
Communication Ethics and Intercultural Communicationp. 195
Dialectical Tensions of Interculrual Communicationp. 197
Ethical Issues and Challenges of Intercultural Communicationp. 198
Negotiating Cultural Identityp. 198
Absolutism and Relativism in Intercultural Communicationp. 204
Communication Ethics and Digital Communicationp. 216
Qualities of Digital Communicationp. 217
Issues of Freedom in Digital Communicationp. 224
Issues of Truth in Digital Communicationp. 230
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 247
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