Anthropological ethics as the basis for global media ethics

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This chapter presents a theory of global media ethics called anthropological realism. The theoretical development of media ethics has been limited by the separation of its three aspects-descriptive, normative, and metaethics. Philosophical attempts to reorganize and integrate these areas have been hampered by the realism/ antirealism stalemate. Anthropological realism, as a form of moral realism, avoids the dichotomy and develops media ethics as a dynamic unity based on a holistic understanding of human beings. The chapter concludes with guiding principles for a global media ethics that meet the challenges of the new world information order: humanistic universals, pluralism, historical context instead of abstract theorems, and news as interpretive discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Global Media Ethics
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9783319321035
ISBN (Print)9783319321028
StatePublished - Sep 2 2021


  • Abstract theorems
  • Anthropological realism
  • Antirealism
  • Cultural being
  • Holistic beings
  • Interpretive discourse
  • Metaethics
  • Moral realism
  • Moral relativism
  • Normative
  • Pluralism
  • Symbolic language
  • Universals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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