Arnett, Ronald C., Fritz, Janie H., and Bell, Leeanne, M. 2008. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
This comprehensive treatment of communication ethics combines student application and theoretical engagement, reviews classic communication ethics approaches and extends the conversation about dialogue and difference in public and private life. The authors offer a learning model that frames communication ethics as arising from a set of goods found within particular narratives, traditions, or virtue structures that guide human life.
Benhabib, Seyla. 1992. Situating the Self: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics. New York: Routledge.
This collection of Benhabib’s essays takes a critical look into communitarian ethics, postmodernism, and feminism to argue for the viability of a universal ethics rooted in common humanity.
Betsworth, Roger G. 1990. Social Ethics: An Examination of American Moral Traditions. Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press.
Four cultural narratives are used to teach ethical thinking: the biblical story; the gospel of success; well being and psychotherapy; and America ‘s manifest destiny. Although theorists and concepts are not taught directly, these narratives emphasize ethical vision and a deep self-understanding as crucial to morality.
Bok, Sissela. 1995. Common Values. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.
Argues that certain minimalist moral values (reciprocity, constraints on violence and deceit, and justice) can be shared cross-culturally without infringing on diversity. Answers the four typical objections to common values.
Bonevac, Daniel, William Boon, and Stephen Phillips, eds. 1992. Beyond the Western Tradition: Readings in Moral and Political Philosophy. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Ancient (e.g., Confucius and Maimonides) and contemporary writings on ethical wisdom, virtuous character, and the good life. Divided into four major sections: African, West Asian and Southern Mediterranean , South Asian, and East Asian.
Bracci, Sharon L. and Clifford G. Christians. 2002. Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists For Contemporary Ethics. New York: Peter Lang.
The lives and ideas of important thinkers are presented, as background for communication ethics. Some of the philosophers include Artistole, Confucius, Emmanuel Levinas, Seyla Bonhabib, and Michel Foucault.
Bugeja, Michael. 2007. Living Ethics: Across Media Platforms. New York: Oxford University Press.
This exemplary text on media ethics emphasizes unifying ethical principles that transcend the boundaries of a wide variety of media sources including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, public relations, photojournalism, advertising, and other forms of traditional and online mass communication.
Bujo, Bénézet. 1998. The Ethical Dimension of Community: The African Model and the Dialogue Between North and South. Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines Publications Africa.
This book opens a dialogue between the West and sub-Saharan Africa . It shows the common ground and connecting threads among discourse ethics, communitarianism and the sub-Saharan African tradition.
Carman, John, and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds. 1991. Bibliography of Comparative Religious Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Annotated entries are organized by religious tradition and cover each religion’s central concepts. Includes both primary and secondary references.
Cheney, George, Lair, Daniel J., Ritz, Dean, and Kendall, Brenden E. 2010.Just a Job?: Communication, Ethics & Professional Life. New York: Oxford University Press.
The book offers a practical approach to ethical decisions at work. Rather than focusing on the ethics of duty, consequences, and justice or on ethical dilemmas, they illustrate everyday ethical situations and offer a more robust Aristotelian virtue ethics.
Christians, Clifford G. 1995. “Review Essay: Current Trends in Media Ethics,”European Journal of Communication, 10: 4, pp. 545-548.
Summary of the important issues in the thirty-four books on media ethics published since 1990.
Christians, Clifford G. and Merrill, John C., eds. 2009. Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press.
A survey of various approaches to media ethics from five perspectives including altruistic, egoistic, autonomous, legalist, and communitarian. The contributors utilize real people as examples to convey these five ethic perspectives and their application to “real life.”
Christians, Clifford G., and Traber, Michael, eds. 1997. Communication Ethics and Universal Values. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Based on essays from thirteen countries. Bedrock principles (human dignity, truthtelling, and nonviolence) across cultures are identified.
Dyck, Arthur J. 1977. On Human Care: An Introduction to Ethics. Nashville, TN: Abingdon.
Uses the Potter Box to introduce ethical questions regarding world populations and the environment. In the process of dealing with issues in the medical profession, readers are confronted with the basic problems in ethical theory.
Ess, Charles, ed. 1996. Philosophical Perspectives on Computer-Mediated Communication. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Examines the assumptions and core issues in the current rush to the information age. Various chapters deal with the ethical consequences of gender, pornography, privacy, religious life, and democracy.
Fasching, Darrell J., and Dell, DeChant. 2001. Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Uses Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic stories to provide an ethical orientation for issues of violence, prejudice and hatred.
Goldman, Alan H. 1980. The Moral Foundations of Professional Ethics.Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield.
Intelligent and careful defense of a rights-based theory of professional ethics in the liberal tradition. Focuses on the key issue of whether professions are governed by special moral principles that differ from our common moral framework.
Holmes, Robert L. 1993. Basic Moral Philosophy. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth.
Designed for students with no previous background in ethics. Introduces the main issues, concepts, and theories of Western moral philosophy. Includes excellent summaries of divine command theory, Kantianism, consequential ism, and the ethics of virtue.
Jaksa, James A., and Michael S. Pritchard. 1994. Communication Ethics: Methods of Analysis, 2d ed. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth.
A variety of case studies are included in each chapter, ranging from interpersonal to organizational communication. The central issue is the current crisis of confidence in spoken and written words as it affects the professions, public figures, and institutions.
Johannesen, Richard L. 1996. Ethics in Human Communication, 4th ed. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.
Places ethical responsibility into the context of political philosophy and communication theory. Includes cases and analysis of ethics codes.
Kagen, Shelly. 1998. Normative Ethics. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Reviews the current philosophical work on morality. It defines normative ethics and explains important concepts such as the good, rights, duties, promises and virtues.
Kieran, Matthew. 1997. Media Ethics: A Philosophical Approach. Westport, CT: Praeger.
The philosophical literature and a dialectical method are used to analyze the main ethical issues in all types of media.
Kultgen, John. 1988. Ethics and Professionalism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
From a pragmatist perspective, examines institutional practices and rules in such areas as confidentiality, professional paternalism, social action, and the workplace.
Lebacqz, Karen. 1985. Professional Ethics: Power and Paradox. Nashville, TN: Abingdon.
A skillful blend of theory and practice examining rule morality, virtue and character, and professional structures.
MacIntyre, Alasdair. 2007. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory. 3rd ed. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
An Aristotelian examination of the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery in modernity.
MacIntyre, Alasdair. 1966. A Short History of Ethics. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
Outlines in a readable manner the history of moral philosophy in the Western tradition, from Homer in ancient Greece to twentieth-century ethicists.
Makau, Josina M., and Ronald C. Arnett, (Eds.). 1997. Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Essays dealing with cultural diversity from the perspective of moral principles, new technologies, and demographic change.
Outka, Gene H. and Reeder, John P., eds. 1992. Prospects for a Common Morality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Explores the debates in both popular culture and intellectual discourse about how far moral judgments bind across traditions and cultures. The authors discuss the viability of a common morality and the potential failures of such a project. An assessment of the Enlightenment paradigm is offered from various philosophical and theological viewpoints.
Patterson, Philip, and Lee Wilkins. 1998. Media Ethics: Issues and Cases (3rdedition). Dubuque, IA: William C. Brown.
Thoughtful case studies and analysis from several media ethicists. Includes simulated cases, three levels of questions, and contemporary responses to long-standing issues.
Plaisance, Patrick L. 2009. Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Explores the philosophical underpinnings of ethical principles and their application in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising, and media-based marketing.
Rokeach, Milton. 1973. The Nature of Human Values. New York: The Free Press.
An examination of the operations, measurement, and evolution of behavioral and ethical standards that distinguish capitalism from other moral ideologies.
Sandel, Michael J. 2009. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
A thorough ethical examination of justice applied to various social issues. The ethical theories of Aristotle, Rawls, Kant, and Utilitarianism are dealt with at length in the text as they relate to the concept of justice.
Taylor, Charles. 1991. The Ethics of Authenticity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Taylor recognizes the danger in contemporary appeals to authenticity, to self-fulfillment, to rights. But he argues for their possibilities and promise also, using thinkers from Nietzsche to Foucault.
Tong, Rosemarie. 1993. Feminine and Feminist Ethics. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Introductory chapters on the ways in which feminist ethics compares to traditional ethics. Excellent summaries of Gilligan’s ethics of care, Noddings’s relational ethics, Ruddick’s maternal ethics, and other feminine and feminist approaches.