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Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics Sharon L. Bracci

Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics

Sharon L. Bracci

Published November 6th 2002
ISBN : 9780820457666
Paperback
296 pages
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Ethical evaluation of language and action has relied historically on the western, monocultural assumptions of classical ethical theory. But persistent contemporary critiques undermine the moral force of ethical agency as individualistic, autonomous,MoreEthical evaluation of language and action has relied historically on the western, monocultural assumptions of classical ethical theory. But persistent contemporary critiques undermine the moral force of ethical agency as individualistic, autonomous, and rationalistic. Contributors to Moral Engagement in Public Life take up the search for intellectual resources in light of these challenges by explicating twelve theorists in moral philosophy and communication ethics. Two classical theorists, Aristotle and Confucius, provide longstanding themes of ongoing relevance and serve as a point of departure for ten contemporary thinkers whose own perspectives are, in part, a response to classical thought in the current context. Together these theorists expand the conceptual domain crossculturally and internationally for understanding ethical discourse and action in practical and professional life. Contents: Josina M. Makau: Preface-Christopher Lyle Johnstone: Aristotles Ethical Theory in the Contemporary World: Logos, Phronesis, and the Moral Life-Peggy J. Bowers: Charles Taylors Practical Reason-Clifford G. Christians: The Social Ethics of Agnes Heller-Dong-Hyun Byun/Keehyeung Lee: Confucian Values, Ethics, and Legacies in History-David S. Allen: Jurgen Habermas and the Search for Democratic Principles-Sharon L. Bracci: The Fragile Hope of Seyla Bernhabibs Interactive Universalism-Ronald C. Arnett: Paulo Freires Revolutionary Pedagogy: From a Story-Centered to a Narrative-Centered Communication Ethic-Jeffrey W. Murray: The Other Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas: Communication Beyond Relativism-Alexandre Lopes de Miranda: Mikhail Bakhtins Philosophy of the Act-Mark Lawrence McPhail: Race, Coherence, and Moral Knowledge: Cornel Wests Rhetoric and Politics of Convergence-Angharad Valdivia: bell hooks: Ethics from the Margins-Martha Cooper/Carole Blair: Foucaults Ethics-Deni Elliott: Afterword. - This stimulating collection of original essays embodies Stephen Toulmins observation that moral reasoning is so complex, and has to cover such a variety of situations, that no logical test...can be expected to meet every case. These diverse theorists are counterpoints to the dominant traditional ethical theories of categorical imperatives, prima facie duties, justice as fairness and utilitarianism. The authors of these twelve essays have done a superb job of illuminating the ethical implications of each theorists work. (Richard L. Johannesen, Professor of Communication, Northern Illinois University) - In times of cruel misunderstandings, this book offers ways of reshaping our world into a place where people try to understand and respect each other. The prominent thinkers who are thoroughly introduced here point out that we have no other alternative than to maintain humanity by stimulating communication beyond the borders of political power, historical narrowness, and our emotional home cultures. This book orients the reader in this urgent project. (Bart Pattyn, Director, European Centre for Ethics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). - Whoever studies or practices social communication, even someone (like me) whose interest lies in media accountability systems, feels the need for a philosophical foundation. Here is a remarkable contribution to it. Twelve thinkers-ancient and contemporary-from different regions of the planet- what they say about ethical communication ispresented in clear and concise language. Aristotle, Habermas, and Foucault could be expected to be present but Confucius, Levinas, and Freire less so. And perhaps the most interesting, if controversial, are five contemporary champions of social and feminist ethics. (Claude-Jean Bertrand, Professor Emeritus, Universite de Paris-2). - This book contains a thoughtfully selected and important set of essays that will prove to be an important resource for all those whose teaching and research link ethics and public life. It will be especially useful as the pace of corporate amalgamation, globalization, and technological change continues to challenge the academic knowledge base of applied ethics. The range and depth of theoretical reflection are impressive and the implications for public life are significant. (Edmund B. Lambeth, Professor of Journalism, University of Missouri)