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ERIC Number: ED150663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 12
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Philosophical Presuppositions of Persons Communicating.
Brockriede, Wayne
This paper describes the philosophical perspectives that individuals bring to their study of the communication process. These perspectives, called presuppositions, include conceptions of reality (existential, essential, contextual), ways of understanding knowledge (objective, subjective, intersubjective), and types of value systems (well-defined and rigid, valueless, contextual). When the perspectives are placed on a horseshoe-shaped continuum, those at the ends reflect one-sided, extremist views in opposition to one another, and those on the arch of the horseshoe reflect a consideration for varying viewpoints, depending on the context of a given situation. The paper concludes that the effective understanding and use of key communication concepts depends on an intersubjective, contextual approach, which allows individuals to realize the relative importance of their own presuppositions and those of others. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)