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Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication

With a Foreword by Richard J. Bernstein and an Afterword by John Durham Peters

Jason Hannan

Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication is the first book to draw systematic attention to the theme of communication in twentieth-century academic philosophy. It covers a broad range of philosophical perspectives on communication, including those from analytic philosophy, pragmatism, critical theory, phenomenology, hermeneutics, feminism, psychoanalysis, systems theory, and more. What emerges is a vital, long-neglected story about the theme of communication in late modern academic philosophy. Each chapter features a «profile» of a particular philosophical figure, with a brief intellectual biography, an overview of that figure’s contribution to communication theory, and a critical assessment of the significance of that contribution. The clear and accessible organization of the volume makes it ideal for courses in both philosophy and communication studies.

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Contributors ________________________________________ Rob Anderson is Professor of Communication at Saint Louis University. His work explores dialogue in everyday situations and media institutions. His books (several written with Kenneth Cissna) include The Reach of Dialogue (1994), The Martin Buber–Carl Rogers Dialogue (1997), Moments of Meeting (2002), Questions of Communication (2001), and Dialogue: Theorizing Difference in Communication Studies (2003). Ronald C. Arnett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University. His scholarly focus lies in the areas of communication ethics and philosophy of communication. He is the author of Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility (2005) and Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt’s Rhetoric of Warning and Hope (forthcoming). Mats Bergman is a research fellow of the Academy of Finland at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. His research interests include C. S. Peirce’s theory of signs, the pragmatist tradition in philosophy and social research, and philosophical problems in communication theory. He is the author of Peirce's Philosophy of Communication: The Rhetorical Underpinnings of the Theory of Signs (2009). Kenneth N. Cissna is Chair and Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. His research interests include communication theory, dialogic communication, and interpersonal communication. His books include Dialogue: Theorizing Difference in Communication Studies (2003), Moments of Meeting: Buber, Rogers, and the Potential for Public Dialogue (2002), The Martin Buber–Carl Rogers Dialogue (1997), and The 512 | Contributors Reach of Dialogue: Confirmation,...

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