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James Pickett

Associate Professor

Department

Research, Professional and Creative Activity

Publications:

Review ofPerspectives on Philosophy of Communication. P Arenson (Ed. ) Southern Communication
        Journal. Special Issue: Qualitative Research in Communication.
75 (2010): 453-   454. (Lead Book Review). 

 

“The Whole World is Shopping: Global Exchange’s Moral Argument in the GlobalizationDebates.” In  C.  A. Willard, (Ed.) Critical Problems in Argumentation: Selected Papers from
Thirteenth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. (Washington, D. C.: National      
         Communication Association, 2005): 395-400.

 

“Ask for Whom that Bell Tolls: Rhetorical Responsibility in Corporate Communication.” In C. M. 
Genest and M. B. Goodman (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on Corporate Communication 
2004 (Madison, N.J.: Corporate Communication Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 
2004): 271-278.   

Review ofMoral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics, S. Bracci and C. 
Christians (Eds.) Southern Communication Journal 68 (2003): 350-351.

Review ofThe Turn to Ethics, M. Garber, B Hanssen and R. Walkowitz (Eds.)
Argumentation and Advocacy 38 (Spring 2002):  286-288.

“The Intentional Tourist: Moral Argument in Friedman’s Lexus and the Olive Tree.”  In G. T. Goodnight (Ed.) Arguing Communication & Culture: Selected Papers from the Twelfth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. V. 2 (Washington D.C.: National Communication Association, 2002): 587-591.  

Review ofLiberalism and the Problem of Knowledge: A Rhetoric for Modern Democracy,
by Charles Arthur Willard. The Forensic 82 (Summer 1997): 59-60.

Review ofWild Knowledge: Science, Language and Social Life in a Fragile Environment, by Will Wright. The Kenneth Burke Society Newsletter (May 1996): 17-19.

Review ofKenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology, by Stephen Bygrave. The Forensic 81 (Winter 1996): 56.

“Semantic Noise in the Classroom.”ETC.: A Review of General Semantics 45 (1988): 278-280.

Papers Presented:

“Recovering the Bourgeois Civic Virtues(?): The Political Economy of Civil Public Discourse.” Musings on the Political, Political Economy, Political Theory, and the Philosophy of Communication, Philosophy & Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 4-8 2018 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Nashville, TN. 

“Against “Progress”: Christopher Lasch and the Political Economy of Civic Virtue.” Philosophy of Communication and Inquiry into Innovation and the Rhetoric of Progress, Philosophy & Ethics of Communication, Interest Group, April 5-9, 2017 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Greenville, SC.

 “Conscience in an Ethic of Rhetorical Responsibility.” Conscience in the Philosophy & Ethics of Communication, Philosophy & Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 6-10, 2016 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Austin, TX. 

“Burke and Mumford on Languaging Animals in a Technological World.”  Burkean Scholar Spotlight: Trevor Melia Panel, Kenneth Burke Society, April 8-12 2015 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Tampa, Fl.

“Media Ecology as Educationist Philosophy,” Philosophy of Communication in the Art and Craft   of Teaching Panel, Philosophy & Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 8-12 2015 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Tampa, FL.

“Civility without Virtue: The Interaction Ethics of Erving Goffman.” Civility, Community and the Ethics of Social Interaction Panel, Philosophy & Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 2-5, 2014 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

“Philosophy & Ethics of Communication: The Enigma of Arrival.”  Response to Competitive Paper Panel, Philosophy &Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 11-15 2012 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.

“Where is Responsibility? On the Possibilities of a “Rooted” Cosmopolitanism.” Presented to the Roundtable on Cosmopolitan Hermeneutics and Global Communication. Philosophy and Ethics of Communication Interest Group, April 11-15, 2012 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.

“Navigating Liquid Modernity: Toward an Ethic of Rhetorical Responsibility.” Presented to the
Roundtable on Research in Progress, Nov. 17th-20th 2011 meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

“There be Monsters There: Evil and the Ethics of Responsibility.” Presented to the Roundtable on Evil in the Philosophy and Ethics of Communication, March 23-27, 2011 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Little Rock, AR.

 “Awash in Liquid Modernity: An Ethics of Responsibility for Communication.” Presented 
at the October 2010 meeting of the Florida Communication Association, Lake Buena Vista, Fl.

“Philosophy of Communication as Integrative Scholarship.” Presented at the October 2009
meeting of the Florida Communication Association, Lake Buena Vista, Fl.

“Between Psychologism and Culturalism: Philosophy of Communication and Qualitative     Research.” Panel on Books in Ethnography at the April 2009 meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Ethnography Interest Group, Norfolk, VA.

”The End(s)of Ethics for Professional/Applied Communication in a Globalized Age” Presented at
the May 2008 meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philosophy of    Communication Interest Group, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Technocratic Communication in the Age of Show Business.” Presented at the April 2006  meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, concurrent meeting of the
Media Ecology Association, Philadelphia, PA.

“Recovering ‘Democratic Realist’ Propaganda Analysis,” Presented at the October 2005 meeting 
of the Florida Communication Association, Kissimee, FL.

“Between Humanism and Cynicism: Socratic Citizenship and Presidential Rhetoric,” Presented at the November 2004 meeting of the National Communication

Professional Profile

James Pickett is currently the vice-chair of the Philosophy & Ethics of Communication Interest Group of the Southern States Communication Association. His areas of special interest include philosophy & ethics of communication, strategic communication, and public argument & democratic culture. 

Education:

Professor Pickett earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, where his thesis focused on rhetorical movements in the recombinant DNA debates. He also earned an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication and a B.A. in Speech and English from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Teaching and Related Service

Area of Research:

His research in the philosophy and ethics of communication includes development of a theory of rhetorical responsibility, development of a theory of political communication based on Levinas' question of the responsibility for the other, and organizational rhetoric in strategic communication. 

Courses taught:

  • Speech Communication 
  • Media Ethics 
  • Propaganda in a “Free” Society 
  • PR/Strategic Communication Case Analysis 
  • Portfolio Review for PR/Strategic Communication 
  • Political Communication 

Previously taught at:

  • Monmouth University
  • Marian College
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Carlow College
  • Duquesne University
  • Bronx Community College
  • Gateway Community-Technical College
  • Teikyo Post College