Communication and Rhetorical Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Ronald C. Arnett
Janie M. Harden Fritz
Craig T. Maier
philosophy of communication ethics, Andy Warhol, ethics, art, rhetoric
The Creative Feud of Andy Warhol: A Philosophy of Communication Ethics begins with the assumption that the current historical moment is defined by Gilles Lipovetsky’s philosophical project known as hypermodernity. The dominant paradigm of hypermodernity, as consumption and commodity culture, elicits particularity of embedded responsiveness situated within history. Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson contend that communication ethics are “value-laden philosophies of communication” uniting background narratives with foreground communicative practices (Philosophy xi). This dissertation positions Andy Warhol as a hypermodern communicative prophet. Through his life, works, and human communication, Warhol utilized art to communicate embedded ethical questions, responding to his historical moment before culture and society recognized the values inherent within the communication between and among others. This project offers Warhol as an exemplar of hypermodernity, arguing that Warhol contributes to the field of communication by living historically, granting access to emergent ethical questions requiring attentiveness and interpretation in and through philosophy of communication ethics.
DeIuliis, S. (2018). The Creative Feud of Andy Warhol: A Philosophy of Communication Ethics (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1446