ERIC Number: ED220904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Philosophical Perspectives on Values and Ethics in Speech Communication.
Becker, Carl B.
There are three very different concerns of communication ethics: (1) applied speech ethics, (2) ethical rules or standards, and (3) metaethical issues. In the area of applied speech ethics, communications theorists attempt to determine whether a speech act is moral or immoral by focusing on the content and effects of specific speech acts. Specific areas of study include falsehood, hurtful statements, exhortations to immorality, and silence. Ethical rules attempt to tell us whether speech acts are moral by looking not at their content but rather at the attitudes and qualities surrounding the act itself. Metaethical issues involve being aware of cultural differences in speech acts without falling into the trap of relativism where no speech act is more ethical than any other. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).