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Edmund Arens

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Chapter 3: Discourse Ethics and its Relevance for Communication and Media Ethics

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Discourse Ethics and its Relevance for Communication and Media Ethics
Discourse ethics and its relevance for communication and media ethics
EdmundArens

In contemporary German-language philosophy, the communicative or discourse ethics advanced by Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas is the theoretical approach that enjoys the widest critical attention. The discourse ethics of these two Frankfurt philosophers understands itself decidedly as a communication ethics. As such, it is of the greatest relevance for inquiring into the fundamental principles of communication ethics and protonorms of communication. Admittedly, discourse ethics has not yet come to grips explicitly with questions of media ethics. Neither Apel nor Habermas takes into account the textuality of communication and thus cannot do justice to the communications media. This is a limitation of both their approaches—a deficit ...

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