Openings: Acknowledging Essential Moments in Human Communication

Openings: Acknowledging Essential Moments in Human Communication

by Michael J. Hyde

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In Openings, award-winning author Michael Hyde provides a fascinating meditation on the ethical dimensions of human communication. With the breadth and depth of learning for which Hyde has become renowned, Openings engages philosophy, science, the arts, theology, and popular culture, all to demonstrate the profound importance of the possibility of openness to the human experience. In every situation, Hyde contends, this posture of conscious openness to the individuals, events, and places that surround us has noticeable effects on the way we—and others—experience the reality of existence. Hyde skillfully illustrates this way of being through abundant references to the larger culture and persuasively shows that by living with intention, and elevating practices such as acknowledgment and confession while rejecting seclusion and neglect, we human beings are enabled to engage fully and fruitfully the world in which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602585836
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 253
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Hyde is University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics in the Department of Communication and is on the faculty of the Program for Bioethics, Health and Society in the School of Medicine, Wake Forest University. He is the author of Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human and the award-winning The Call of Conscience. He and his wife live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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"Openings allow us to be moved by the wonders of nature. Openings allow interpersonal relationships to come into being and, one hopes, develop a caring nature. Moreover, being open to the self... allows us to maintain, and if need be readjust, the moral character of our thoughts and actions."

—from the Introduction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 In the Beginning Was an Opening 11

2 The Daily Habit of Being Open 25

3 The Call to Openness 41

4 Acknowledgment: Being Open to Otherness 57

5 Our Perfect Capacity for Being Open 85

6 Truth, Eloquence, and the Creation of Openings 109

7 Confession as an Opening 133

8 The Beauty of Being Open 153

9 Dialogue and the Death of Openness 177

Conclusion: Some Closing Remarks on Openings 199

Notes 211

Index 235

What People are Saying About This

James A. Herrick

Wise and compassionate, Hyde's latest exploration of communication ethics further refines his foundational concepts of the call of conscience and the gift of acknowledgement. Hyde's incisive reflections on the openings that characterize our experience are at once deeply human and authentically faithful. This unique study will captivate newcomer and expert alike.

Eric King Watts

Hyde seeks to reinvest us with our sacred and secular responsibilities toward ourselves and one another by staging a poignant and personal encounter with the precariousness of being human. Openings emerges out of a dire predicament and itself is an essential moment in human communication. Its acknowledgment should become our responsibility.

Kenneth R. Chase

Admirably lucid and winsomely confrontational. Hyde boldly faces the conditions of human despair and extricates from within a hopeful path for personal and political well-being. His passionate appeal for openness to the wonders of our existence rests precariously on the edge of a heroic humanism and an embrace of divine grace. This is his most vulnerable and powerful work to date.

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