Philosophy of Communication Inquiry

An Introduction (First Edition)
Annette M. Holba
©2022, 342 pages

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    In Philosophy of Communication Inquiry: An Introduction, multidisciplinary scholar Annette M. Holba seamlessly connects philosophical traditions with the communicative experience and contemporary political, social, and cultural issues. The text reinforces the position that philosophy of communication is not an abstract concept, but rather rooted in real-life experiences. The text features a unique approach that maps the application of key concepts and theory to public moral argument.

    The book provides readers with a comprehensive survey of the history of the ideas and metaphors that guide philosophy of communication inquiry. The four parts of the text provide students with foundational explorations of the philosophical traditions, approaches, fundamental questions, and emergent metaphors that guide philosophy of communication inquiry. Each chapter and part conclude with a section titled “Connections, Currency, Meaning,” which ties the content to its application in public moral argument. This provides students with ample opportunities for meaningful debate and discourse.

    Emphasizing its relevance in everyday life, Philosophy of Communication Inquiry is ideal for courses in philosophy of communication.

    Annette M. Holba (Ph.D., Duquesne University) is a professor of rhetoric at Plymouth State University. Her scholarly interests include studying and teaching rhetoric, philosophy of communication, and communication ethics in applied contexts. She has published 10 books, 40 articles, 11 book chapters, and 7 encyclopedic entries and delivered 95 scholarly presentations. Dr. Holba won the Everett Lee Hunt Book Award in 2013 for her coauthored book, An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning, and an ECA Journal Article of the Year award in 2015 for her essay, “In Defense of Leisure,” published in Communication Quarterly. She earned the ECA Distinguished Research Fellow honor in 2021.
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    “I am excited about the prospect of this book and its goal to introduce students to philosophy of communication from the ground up, without expectation that students will have strong familiarity with philosophers, philosophical traditions, historical moments, or implications of their work for communication.
    With this work, Professor Holba satisfies a clear need within undergraduate communication curriculum.”

    Susan Mancino, St. Mary’s College

    “This book is exceptional in that it moves philosophy of communication to the public domain of argument and evidence. In this historical moment, there is a thin line between subjective imposition of an idea and philosophical insight. Moving philosophy of communication to the public domain shifts it from singularity of correctness to multiplicity of perspectives.
    It is a thoughtful primer in philosophy of communication that moves the discussion from the esoteric to the applicable, the public, and the thoughtful.”

    Ronald C. Arnett, Duquesne University

    “This is a book that is needed for a Philosophy of Communication course, especially at the undergraduate level.
    The description and organization of the book provide the reader with a clear sense of where they are going and where they have been from chapter to chapter. Given the topic area, the content is structured so that the reader has the chance to reflect as they are reading, as well.”

    Christina L. McDowell, Cornell University

    “The idea behind the good is wonderful. There is certainly a need for a good book such as this one.”
    Cem Zeytinoglu, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

    “This book is a needed addition to the study of philosophy of communication.”
    Brent Sleasman, Winebrenner Theological Seminary
    Annette Holba is the recipient of the 2022 Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association. The award recognizes a major contribution to the understanding of rhetoric and communication as a human function in the contemporary world; a means of explaining and realizing public responsibilities beyond the discipline of communication; and/or an intellectual and humane instrument for merging diverse fields of knowledge in a way that infuses them with moral purpose and public significance. Learn more about the award on the ECA Awards webpage.