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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.

Approaches to Communication Ethics: The Pragmatic Good of Theory
Approaches to communication ethics: The pragmatic good of theory

How can one, in fact, do full justice to the words used in court: “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”? These words mock our clumsy efforts to remember and convey our experiences. The “whole truth” has seemed so obviously unattainable to some as to cause them to despair of human communication in general. They see so many barriers to prevent us from obtaining truthful knowledge, let alone communicating it; so many pitfalls in conveying what we mean. (Bok, 1979, p. 4)

The previous chapter discussed the reality of multiple definitions of communication ethics, concluding with an emphasis on narrative and its organic connection to the ...

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