ERIC Number: ED147901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Communication Theory Focused on Humankind's Future.
Ternent, William A.; Ternent, Janet A.
This speech presents a model of human communication which integrates the existential philosophy of Martin Buber with the communication views of Jonas Salk. In his book, "The Survival of the Wisest," Salk characterizes an "Epoch A" to describe the values and behaviors of the past and an "Epoch B" to describe the necessary values and behaviors for the future if human beings are to survive. Based on Salk's theory, this speech maintains that those individuals who teach human communication have an important species-related role to play in the transition from Epoch A to Epoch B and in developing a positive theoretical base for Epoch B. It is posited that the basic qualities of human interaction/communication that Buber defines are not only compatible with Salk's definition of Epoch B but also provide a philosophical starting point for Epoch B communication theory, technique, and methodology. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)