The nature of communication has been argued about since the beginning of Western culture and the debate still rages in academic circles as to what actually constitutes communication. Currently, many definitions of communication are used to conceptualize the processes by which people navigate and assign meaning. Communication is also understood as the exchanging of understanding. This set of four volumes provides a range of essays both canonical in, and at the cutting edge of, communication theory. The essays included represent communication theory in a fashion cognisant with the breadth of communication - theories from humanities as well as from social sciences - that takes place in the universe. The collection is thematic, dealing with intra-individual, interpersonal, organization (group-level) and macroscopic (society-level) approaches across the volumes.
Peter J. Schulz is Professor for Sign and Communication Theories and Health Communication at the School of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano. He also is the director of the Institute of Communication and Health, also at the University of Lugano. He currently holds several research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation. His main research interests are in the field of doctor-patient communication, in particular in knowledge translation, in risk communication as well as in communication theories. Among his publications are E. Steins Theorie der Person (Alber Verlag, Freiburg, M nchen, 1994), Introduction into Anthropology (State University Novosibirsk, 1996), Freundschaft und Selbstliebe bei Platon und Aristoteles (Alber Verlag, Freiburg, M nchen 2002), Geschichte und Vorgeschichte der modernen Subjektivitat, with Reto L. Fetz and Roland Hagenb chle (2 vol. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1998), Manipulation and Ideologies in the 20th century, together with Louis de Saussure (John Benjamins, 2005). He also is the author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters.