This volume occasions a dialogue between major authors in the field who engage in a conversation on cosmopolitanism and provinciality from a communication ethics perspective. There is no consensus on what constitutes communication ethics, cosmopolitanism, or provinciality: the task is more modest and diverse and began with contributors being asked what the bias of their work suggests or offers for understanding the theme Communication Ethics: Between Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality. Rather than responding authoritatively, each essay acknowledges the contributor's own work. This book offers no answers, but invites a conversation that is more akin to a beginning, a joining, an admission that there is more than "me", "us", or "my kind" of people, theory, or wisdom. The book will be an excellent resource for instructors and for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in communication.
The Editors: Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and Director of the Core Curriculum at Duquesne University. She was the director of the University's Ethics Institute from 2004-2007. Her most recent single-authored scholarly book is Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identity (2007). Ronald C. Arnett is Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He is the author of six books, two edited books, numerous articles, and he is the Editor-Elect of the The Review of Communication; his most recent book is Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (forthcoming, co-authored with Janie Harden Fritz and Leeanne Bell).
Contents: Kathleen Glenister Roberts/Ronald C. Arnett: Introduction: Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality: [Exploring] Communication Ethics - Clifford G. Christians: Universals and the Human - Leslie A. Baxter/Chitra Akkoor: Aesthetic Love and Romantic Love in Close Relationships - Walter R. Fisher: Glimpses of Hope: Rhetorical and Dialogical Discourse Promoting Cosmopolitanism - Ronald C. Arnett: Provinciality and the Face of the Other: Levinas on Communication Ethics, Terrorism - Otherwise Than Originative Agency - Kathleen Glenister Roberts: Dialogic Ethics, Cosmopolitanism, and Intercultural Communication: Globalization Matters - John Stewart: Cosmopolitan Communication Ethics Understanding and Action: Religion and Dialogue - Pat J. Gehrke: Community at the End of the World - Pat Arneson: A Dialogic Ethic in the Public Rhetoric of Angelina Grimke - Christopher Lyle Johnstone: Eros, Logos, and Sophia in Plato: Philosophic Conversation, Spiritual Lovemaking, and Dialogic Ethics - Ronald L. Jackson II/Jamie Moshin: Scripting Jewishness Within the Satire The Hebrew Hammer - G. L. Ercolini: Arendt, Adorno, and Benjamin: Response, Responsibility, and Commitment - Lenore Langsdorf: The Reasonableness of Bias - Rob Anderson/Kenneth Cissna: Dismissiveness and Dialogic Ethics: Rush Limbaugh and Public Dialogue - Kathleen Glenister Roberts/Ronald C. Arnett: Afterword.