Philosophical Approaches to Communication (Book)

A comprehensive introduction to the forms and various philosophical theories of communication, this volume is composed of three sections focusing on the production of culturally relevant communication, the interpretation of communicative messages and the effects of communication on both speaker and listener. Each section draws on the work of key philosophers – from Foucault to Derrida to Habermas – and presents a detailed critical overview of the work in relation to the field of communication. Exhaustively researched, this book presents an up-to-date overview of thinking on communication theory in one inclusive volume.


Chapter 1: Saussure on the Structure of Communication
Chapter 2: Peirce on the Life of Signs
Chapter 3: Foucault on Discourse and Power
Chapter 4: Eco on Culture and Communication
Chapter 5: Derrida and the Deconstruction of Communication
Chapter 6: Gadamer on Communication as Hermeneutics
Chapter 7: Wittgenstein on Language as a Form of Life
Chapter 8: J. L. Austin and Speech Act Theory
Chapter 9: P. Grice and the Theory of Conversation
Chapter 10: Searle and the Intentionality of Speech Acts
Chapter 11: Habermas on Communication and Social Theory
Chapter 12: Halliday on Language and Social Semiotics

'Mangion (Univ. of Malta) offers a clear, concise introduction to contemporary communication theory--not in the sense of the technical transmission of information along the lines of Claude Shannon's work but in the sense of the social and cultural meaning and significance (i.e., the semiosis) of communication. Bookended by a brief introduction and a briefer conclusion, 12 chapters focus on the relevant work of a particular thinker, comprising a who's who of major 19th- and 20th-century figures who formulated and shaped the philosophy of communication: Saussure, Peirce, Foucault, Eco, Derrida, Gadamer, Wittgenstein, Austin, Grice, Searle, Habermas, and Halliday. Rejecting what he calls a "linear model of communication," the author highlights the role of context in the process of communication. Each chapter presents a broad overview of the particular philosopher's works and ideas, discusses the philosopher's specific relevance to current communication theory and practice, and provides some brief critical commentary. The book treats the production of communication (chapters 1-3), the reception of communication (chapters 4-6), and the resultant associated action of communication (chapters 7-12).' – D. B. Boersema, Choice

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