Ecology of meanings

The scientific status of communication is vague. Some argue that communication is a scientific discipline. Others defend the idea that it is an interdisciplinary field able to provide us with scientific certainties. Some other scholars, though, bet that communication can only be studied from a philosophical viewpoint. We believe that all of them are partially right, and that new theoretical communication proposals should be conceived. We propose that, (1) in scientific terms, communication should be seen as a transdisciplinary scientific field whose necessity is rooted in biology, enabling the possibility of all sciences and that, (2) in existential terms, it is the locus of inner morality that enables ethical action. These two dimensions imbricate one another and should be seen as a continuum.

Such a theoretical standing is based on the contributions of different authors who work from genetic and critic epistemological perspectives. Regarding to genetic epistemology, we integrate the biological and socio-logical works of Jean Piaget, Jean-Blaise Grize, Denis Miéville and Emilio Gattico. Regarding the critical tradition, we explore the social theory of communication action proposed by Jürgen Habermas, as well as the works of Zigmunt Bauman. Regarding moral and ethics, all of the above mentioned authors and... Why not? The Dalai Lama. According to critical constructivism, communication is foremost an Ethics that has dialogue as a human ideal able to guide behaviour and achieve psychological and socio-political changes.