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Francis O. C. Njoku

Francis O. C. Njoku holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford, University England UK; MA in Theology from Duquesne, Pittsburgh USA; and BPhil,, MPhil., and PhD from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at University of Nigeria, Nuskka; and a Catholic priest and a member of the Claretian Missionaries. Fr. Francis has published extensively on issues related to Development Studies, African Legal Traditions, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Philosophy of Human Rights. His major publications include Rorty on Post-philosophical Culture: Shaping our Cultures with our Thoughts (2000), Philosophy in Politics, Law and Democracy (2003), Development and African Philosophy: A Theoretical Reconstruction of African Socio-Political Economy (2004), and Philosophy, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Peace (2014).

Christopher S. Lutz

Christopher S. Lutz is Professor of Philosophy at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. He teaches courses in the history of philosophy and in moral philosophy. Dr. Lutz has explored the work of Alasdair MacIntyre through various books, articles, and reviews. His scholarly monographs include Tradition in the Ethics of Alasdair MacIntyre: Relativism, Thomism, and Philosophy (2004/2009) and Reading Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue (2012). Dr. Lutz has contributed to the Review of Metaphysics, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and Dialogue. He edited the special MacIntyre edition of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Fall 2014), and is a founding member of the multidisciplinary International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry (www.MacIntyreanEnquiry.org). He received his PhD and MA in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.

Algis Mickunas

Algis Mickunas is an internationally recognized scholar, phenomenologist, and Professor Emeritus at Ohio University. Dr. Mickunas has written extensively on the connection between phenomenology and communication. In addition, he has served as President for the Husserl Society. His work has appeared in Main Currents in Modern Thought, Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, Perspectives on Philosophy of Communication, Interpersonal Communication: Essays in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Practical Reasoning in Human Affairs, and Contributions to Phenomenology. Dr. Mickunas has authored numerous books, including Exploring Phenomenology: A Guide to the Field and Its Literature (1975), The Ever Present Origin (1985), Meaning, Dialogue and Enculturation: Phenomenological Philosophy of Education (1985), Science of Communication: Its Phenomenological Foundation (1990), Technocracy vs. Democracy: Issues in the Politics of Communication (1997), The Divine Complex and Free Thinking (2012), Communication Despite Postmodernism (2012), and The Project Europe (2015).

Janie Harden Fritz

Janie M. Harden Fritz is a Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. Her research focuses on communicative practices that constitute, sever, and restore the ties that bind individuals to the institutions of which they are a part. She is the author of Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue at Work (Peter Lang, 2013) and co-author (with Ronald C. Arnett and Leeanne Bell) of Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (Sage, 2009). She is also a co-editor of three books dealing with communication ethics and problematic relationships in the workplace. She is a past president of the Eastern Communication Association, executive director of the Religious Communication Association, and the editor-in-chief of Listening/Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture and Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.