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The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment

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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 The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment, The Ethos of Rhetoric, and award-winning The Call of Conscience. He and his wife live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


The volume draws together works by accomplished thinkers each working with one of the 20th centurys most important philosophers. Insights and challenges are provided, enriching the study and discussion of both the theory and practice of communication. Stanley Deetz, NCA Distinguished Scholar, University of Colorado Boulder [A] brilliant exploration of the life-giving force behind the very act of acknowledging another human being. This book has much to say to philosophers, rhetoricians, and ethicists. The depth of scholarship is exceeded only by the wealth of case studies from life and literature. Roy V. Wood, Professor in Human Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Civic Ethics, University of Denver [I]n taking up an essential gesture of humanity acknowledgement and elaborating it by recourse to films, novels, poetry, philosophy, religion, science, and social controversy Hyde never loses sight of his purpose, to understand and affirm the moral-ontological-rhetorical gift of acknowledging another. The book is courageous because it takes up such emotionally difficult issues as the symbolism of the confederate flag, what it meant to be heroic after September 11, 2001, and the ethical character of life in a world of computer technology. Carole Blair, Professor of Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hyde takes us into the world of everyday-being-with-others to demonstrate that it does not have to be mundane. The book has great potential for healing us all. Craig R. Smith, Professor of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach

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