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Questions for Reading Reclaiming the subject matter as a guide to mutual understanding: Effectiveness and ethics in interpersonal interaction – Stanley Deetz 1. Deetz claims that “nearly all current ethics for communication are based in western enlightment tradition” (p. 227). What beliefs and values characterize that tradition? Why does Deetz assume those traditional ethics are “seriously flawed” (p. 228)? What does he suggest as an alternative? 2. Deetz suggests a need to change “from seeing the individual as more or less effective to seeing the interaction as more or less productive” (p. 230). What does this mean? How would this change affect the way personal interests relate to a group decision-making process? 3. Following Gadamer, Deetz suggests that an ethics of interpersonal communication should be based on an “ontology” of genuine conversation (pp. 231-232). (An ontology specifies the essential characteristics of some type of existence.) What do Gadamer and Deetz mean by genuine conversation? How
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