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Nya perspektiv på medieekologi: En studie av hur ekoreligiöst inspirerad epistemologi kan fördjupa journalistisk etik
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sustainable development
SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy, SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Alternative title
Revisiting Media Ecology : Exploring the Potential of Eco-Religious Epistemology in CriticalInquiry in Professional Media Ethics (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis addresses the objective of formulating a moral-philosophically credible media ethics by encompassing two main dimensions: the examination of existing media-ethical models and the integration of sustainable arguments through utilizing eco-religious epistemology to overcome identified challenges. By incorporating eco-critical perspectives within the Media ecology tradition, which studies media as environments, the thesis proposes a creative intersection between established media theories and a theological tradition that tackles profound questions about humanity's place in the world.

The initial section of the thesis analyzes moral-philosophical concepts within the media ethics frameworks proposed by three ethicists; Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson; Clifford G. Christians and Sandra L. Borden. While all three endorse universal values, they offer distinct frameworks for both understanding the ontology of universals and how these are contextualized in the journalistic community. Christians' moral epistemological theories,particularly regarding the ethics of being and Proto-norms have generated significant controversy and scholarly debate on the necessity and intellectual credibility of defending universal values in media ethics. Critical perspectives from this discourse are presented and evaluated as a complement to the analysis of Christians' media-ethical model.

In exploring sustainable moral-philosophical arguments, the thesis suggests that moral claims can exhibit both universal and contextual characteristics. It suggests that a media-ethical model should integrate universal values with a communitarian perspective on journalists'moral responsibility. However, understanding the interplay between the contextual and universal dimensions of ethical values requires engaging in critical moral-philosophical theory. In addition, critical perspectives on technology and ideas of space and time need to be addressed in new ways. Thus, eco-religious epistemology, as advocated by ethicist and theologian Whitney Bauman, is proposed as a creative means to understand moral-philosophical questions regarding space/time, contextualism/universalism, and technology within media ethics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 55
Keywords [en]
Media Ethics; Universal values; Communitarianism; Ecotheology; Journalism; Epistemology; Professional Ethics; Clifford Christians
Keywords [sv]
Medieetik; Universella värden; Kommunitarism; Ekoteologi; Journalistik; Epistemologi; Yrkesetik; Clifford Christians
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Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1891DiVA, id: diva2:1761788
Subject / course
Systematic Theology
Educational program
Master’s Program in Theology, Systematic Theology, Two years
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Available from: 2023-06-13 Created: 2023-06-01 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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