Philosophy and deontology of communication (2017/2018)

Course code
4S02208
Credits
12
Coordinator
Tommaso Tuppini
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
ETICA E DEONTOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE (P) II MODULO 6 M-FIL/03-MORAL PHILOSOPHY First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1 Davide Poggi
FILOSOFIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE (I) I MODULO 6 M-FIL/01-THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY First half of Semester 2 Tommaso Tuppini

Learning outcomes

PART I:

The course aims to understand the proper meaning of "loving" communication, the living objection to the "informational" and cybernetic paradigm with which, almost spontaneously, we are accustomed to interpret the meaning and scope of the encounter and the reciprocal exchange .

PART II:

The course intends to critically analyse the concept of the ethics of communication and its role in society, focusing on the relationship between (mass)media communication and human “person”, who is both user, receiver, and “manager” (but, more and more frequently, a “bare gear”) of the communication process and the technologies employed.
The purpose of the course is not only to provide students with conceptual grounds and critical methodology which would make them even more aware of the ethical implications of communication (with regard to its key players and means involved in), but also to allow the acquisition of a language and skills so as to be able to deal with ethical challenges arising from an interconnected and multicultural world.

Syllabus

PART I:

The first organic reflection that the West has produced on love is the "Symposium" of Plato. In this dialogue is displayed everything that literature and philosophy will say about love in the twenty-five centuries to come. Love is interpreted by Plato from a strict "communicational" perspective. Love is regarded as a form of "koinonìa", a sharing of singularities that needs the word in order to function. Love is something very close to a pedagogical relationship. This relationship is not, however, free of accidents, misunderstandings, traumas, accidents that, as we all know, may have a catastrophic outcome. What if in such catastrophe of the loving communication could be experienced as a surprising chance of success ?

PART II:

The contents of the course are:
1. The relationship between general ethics and special ethics: the case of the ethics of communication;
2. “To say” and “to do” an ethical communication.
3. Behavioural codes for communicators: between deontological codes for professional orders and systems of ethics.
4. Ethics “of” communication or ethics “in” communication? The case of K.-O. Apel’s transcendental-pragmatic ethics;
5. Communication and responsibility: analysis of the communication act between the present and the future, and between the heteronomy and moral autonomy.

Assessment methods and criteria

PART I:

The assessment of the learning outcomes of the key concepts of philosophy of communication will be done by means of a written test concerning the program carried out during the course and especially the texts of the syllabus. The questions of the test will consist of 3 open questions about issues that require articulated and argued answers.


PART II:

The assessment of the learning outcomes of the key concepts of communication ethics will be done by means of a written test concerning the programme carried out during the course. The questions of the test will be divided into two categories:
• 26 multiple-choice questions about the notional-conceptual arguments of the course (each correct answer counts as 1 point; the wrong answer does not involve subtraction of points);
• 3 open questions about issues that require articulated and argued answers (students can choose the number of open questions to answer, each question counts as 2 points in case of excellence, for a total of 6 points).
Given that the grades are expressed in thirtieths, this allows the students to achieve the highest grade and eventually a “cum laude”.
The examination is the same for both attending students and those who can not attend lectures.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mario Perniola Contro la comunicazione Einaudi 2004
Adriano Fabris Etica della comunicazione Carocci 2014
Roland Barthes Frammenti di un discorso amoroso Einaudi 2014
Platone Simposio o Sull'Amore Feltrinelli 1995
Adriano Fabris Etica della comunicazione (nuova ed.) (Edizione 2) Carocci 2014 978-88-430-6940-8