What is Philosophy of Communication and Why Does it Matter?

Thursday  27 June  2019  4:00 PM    Thursday  27 June  2019 6:00 PM
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According to 20th century research in phenomenology, human being has to be, but it does not know why. Many contemporary continental thinkers today emphasize that to be human means to be in communication, understood as relation, and that it is through communication that we figure out how to be. Living in a world characterized more by divisions, closures, and insecurity than by invitations and openings, the importance of understanding “communication” as relation, and not merely as transmission, seems increasingly urgent. This presentation will explore some of the most hotly debated themes in cultural theory—self and other, inside and outside, and community and immunity—in an effort to answer the following question: What can discipline-based human communication research look like, and accomplish, in a continental philosophical key?


Garnet C. Butchart is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He specializes in communication philosophy and visual semiotics. He is the author of Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication (Penn State University Press) and co-editor of Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press). His research also appears in scholarly journals such as Communication Theory, Social Semiotics, Visual Communication, Journal of Communication and others. The National Communication Association's Philosophy of Communication Division has recognized this scholarly activity with three Distinguished Journal Article Awards (in 2013, 2015, and 2017) and one Distinguished Edited Book Award (in 2016). His current research focus is contemporary media theory.

This event is co-sponsored by Ryerson's Infoscape Lab and UOIT

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