This comprehensive and engaging treatment of communication ethics combines student application and theoretical engagement. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference reviews classic communication ethics approaches and extends the conversation about dialogue and difference in public and private life. Introducing communication ethics as a pragmatic survival skill in a world of difference, the authors offer a learning model that frames communication ethics as arising from a set of goods found within particular narratives, traditions, or virtue structures that guide human life.
Chapter 12: Communication Ethics Literacy and Difference: Dialogic Learning
Communication Ethics Literacy and Difference: Dialogic Learning
For Levinas, the Other comes from up high—the Other is teacher before partner. There is no symmetry in being responsible, that is, in being answerable and addressable. Since responsibility as response-ability is the very beginning of subjectivity, I am always already answerable to the Other's call, always already approachable, open, predisposed toward the Other. (Pinchevski, 2005, p. 75)
Communication ethics in an era defined by difference, disagreement, and lack of concurrence requires two pragmatic moves. First, cease using ethics as a weapon; disagreement should not immediately move us into referring to an opponent as unethical. Second, embrace the necessity of learning as we meet diverse ethical positions contrary to our own with the ...