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In Search of a Simple Introduction to Communication

Authors: Bar-Am, Nimrod

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  • Offers an up-to-date study of the theoretical challenges facing Communication studies
  • Discusses the extent to which the challenges can be met
  • Focuses on the fruitful problems of Orientation and Communication in a constructive way
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About this book

This book is a philosophical introduction to the field of communication and media studies. In search of the philosophical backgrounds of that relatively young field, the book explores why this overwhelmingly popular discipline is in crisis. The book discusses classic introductions on communication, provides an update on lessons learned, and re-evaluates the work of pioneers in the light of up-to-date philosophical standards. It summarizes various debates surrounding the foundations of system theory and especially its applicability to the Social Sciences in general and to Communication Studies in particular.

Communication schools promise their students an understanding of the source of a principal and dynamical power in their lives, a power shaping societies and identities, molding aspirations, and deciding their fates. They also promise students a practical benefit, a chance to learn the secret of controlling that dynamical power, improving a set of skills that would ensure them a critical edge in the future job market: become better media experts for all media. Yet no one seems to know how such promises are met. Can there be a general theory of communication? If not, what can (should) communication students learn? This book looks at the problem from a philosophical perspective and proposes a framework wherein critical cases can be tested.

About the authors

Nimrod Bar-Am is a philosopher of Science, Methodology and Communication. He is a Senior lecturer and head of the Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication unit at the Communication Department of Sapir College, Israel. 
He is the author of Extensionalism the Revolution in Logic (Springer 2008) and of various articles and peer-reviewed publications, most recent of which is “Systems Heuristics and Digital Culture” with Raphael Sassower, in: Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Developments (Routledge 2013). His research focuses on Philosophy of Communication and on Scientific Methodology.

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“Any author who manages to write a penetrating, thoughtful, and evocative book on an underappreciated topic deserves applause. Nimrod Bar-Am does this and much more. … Bar-Am does us all good service, and his passion for his subject makes the reading not only intellectually gratifying but also sown with moments of pure joy. … will find an abundance of riches which provoke, capture, instruct, at times even elevate, and always lure to reflection.” (Itay Shani, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, November, 2016)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Softcover 103,99 €
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  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Search of a Simple Introduction to Communication
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25625-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25625-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-25623-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79817-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 216
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