Philosophy, Theory and Critique


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Philosophy, Theory and Critique is broadly concerned with critical thinking that cuts across the various boundaries within the study of communication and its intersections with other modes of studying human interaction.

Consequently, it provides a forum in which scholars can explore the relations and intersections between the study of media and communication and the range of contemporary theoretical and philosophical concerns, arguments and positions. It is also committed to providing a space for those emergent interests challenging the common sense assumptions currently guiding our understanding of the practice of communication.

Its members come from many areas and subfields. The philosophical questions they raise vary greatly: from the nature of language, subjectivity or experience, to the epistemology of science and interpretation, to the politics of knowledge and communicative relations. Members bring many different philosophical orientations to bear upon these questions, including phenomenology and hermeneutics, Marxism, feminism, critical theory, media theory, post-structuralism, pragmatism, social theory and cultural critique. The Division seeks exchange, education and conversation, and it encourages tending to the differences produced by these differing orientations.

The result is that the Division offers a lively forum for contemporary ideas in the study of media and communication.


New Book:

Philosophy of Communication, edited by Briankle G. Chang and Garnet C. Butchart. MIT Press, 2012.

This volume brings together foundational works that address the core questions, concepts, and problems of communication in philosophical terms. Thirty-two selections from the work of Plato, Leibniz, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Lacan, Derrida, Sloterdijk, and others are organized thematically, rather than historically, in seven sections: consciousness; intersubjective understanding; language; writing and context; difference and subjectivity; gift and exchange; and communicability and community.

Briankle G. Chang is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Garnet C. Butchart is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida, Tampa

Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, Volume 3 Issue 1, guest edited by Pekka Isotalus (University of Tampere) and Owen Hargie (University of Ulster).

Authors:  Pekka Isotalus And  Owen Hargie

The role of ethnography in rhetorical analysis: The new rhetorical turn
Authors:  Richard Wilkins And  Karen Wolf

The essence of social support in interpersonal communication
Authors:  Ira A. Virtanen And  Pekka Isotalus

Listening and privacy management in mobile phone conversations: cross-cultural comparison of Finnish, German, Korean and United States students
Authors:  Debra Worthington And  Margaret Fitch-Hauser And  Tuula-Riitta Välikoski And  Margarete Imhof And  Sei-Hill Kim

Topics as indication of being on-task/off-task in dispute mediation
Authors:  Alena L. Vasilyeva

Assessing the rationality of argumentation in media discourse and public opinion: An exploratory study of the conflict over a smoke-free law in Ticino
Authors:  Peter J. Schulz And  Uwe Hartung And  Maddalena Fiordelli,id=2223/



  • Amit Pinchevski, Chair
  • Alison Hearn, Vice-Chair
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