The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment

The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment

Michael J. Hyde $35.00

Published in 2006 | 336 pages | paper | ISBN: 978-1-55753-402-6


“[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

Author Information:

MICHAEL J. HYDE is the University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest University.  His many scholarly publications include The Call of Conscience: Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthanasia Debate, which received the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the Marie Hochmuch Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address.  Hyde is a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the executive producer of the documentary film The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment.

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