Boxing Plato's Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication / Edition 1

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Designed to introduce students to the academic discipline of Communication, this text describes the scope and methods of communication studies, and sketches its history from the work of the early sophists to contemporary research efforts. Boxing Plato’s Shadow helps explain why, despite its long and venerable history of scholarly endeavor, Communication continues to struggle for recognition of its legitimate place in the academy. Throughout, the authors emphasize the field's durability over more than two millennia and the merits of multiple systematic approaches to the study of communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072483901
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 9/5/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 760,164
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Beginning of Communication Study

A Market for Communication Knowledge and Skill

The Sophists

Plato's Shadow

Aristotle's Resolution

Boxing Plato's Shadow

Contributions of Plato and Socrates to the Study of Communication

Chapter 2. Communication Study from Aristotle's Time to the 20th Century

Rhetoric in Egypt and Rome

Rhetoric in Christian Europe

The Contribution of the Moors

Humanism, the Renaissance, and the Printing Press

The Enlightenment and the Modern Concept of Communication

New Relevance for Rhetoric in England and the New World


A Changing Academic World and the Birth of a New Discipline

Chapter 3. Humanistic Study of Communication in the 20th Century

Rhetorical Scholarship and the Practical Art of Speech

The Neo-Aristotelian Approach

The Limitations of Neo-Aristotleian Rhetorical Scholarship

The Neo-Aristotelian Legacy

New Foundations for Contemporary Rhetorical Scholarship

Rhetorical Scholarship Today

Chapter 4. The Emerging Social Science of Communication Study

The Nature of Social Science

Foundations of Social Science and Communication Study in the 19th Century

Early Scientific Study of Communication: Early 1900s through the 1940s

The Scientific Study of Communication from the 1940's to the Present

Chapter 5. Challenges Facing Social Scientists

Challenges Facing Humanist Scholars

The Challenge of Changing Technology

Areas of Specialization in Communication Research

Communication Study as Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Enduring Issues Confronting the Field

Communication Study and You
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