Communication Theory: Epistemological Foundations

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Guilford Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 259 pages
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This book provides a thorough analysis of the scientific, critical, and cultural questions at the foundation of theory-building in communication and other social sciences. Any claim to knowledge, the author explains, can be analyzed in terms of a series of characteristics: the object of its explanation, the explanatory form and evidentiary method employed, its characteristic explanations, the scope of its performance, and its consequences of value. From identifying basic epistemological questions to exploring the impact of the "knowledge industry" on society, the volume offers readers the analytical tools to understand, compare, and evaluate theories and their use both inside and outside the classroom. The book also includes a systematic analysis of communication's most influential theories and traces their genealogies across different content fields and disciplines.
 

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Anderson is the man, thanks for throwing it down dude.

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Contents

ON READING THIS BOOK
1
NOTES
11
THE UNITY OF THE PHENOMENAL WORLD
29
NOTES
44
A SET OF INFORMING QUESTIONS
51
POSITIVISM AND BEYOND
65
STRUCTURALISM
71
THE NATURE OF THE INDIVIDUAL
78
THE CHARACTER
127
AUTHORITY
142
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JUSTIFIED
151
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
157
THEORY IN PARADIGMATIC METHODISM
164
SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIETY
186
COMMUNICATION THEORY ANALYSIS
200
BEYOND THIS TEXT
219

A COMPARISON OF MODELS
92
NOTES
99
THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE
121
REFERENCES
231
INDEX
253
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James A. Anderson is Professor of Communication at the University of Utah and Editor of the International Communication Association journal, Communication Theory. He is the author of Communication Research: Issues and Methods and coauthor of Mediated Communication: A Social Action Perspective.

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