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The "Concept" of Communication

by Frank E. X. Dance
Journal of Communication ()


This essay examines multitudinous definitions of ‘communication’ in the light of the meaning of ‘concept’ as reflected in the literature of the philos- ophy of science. The examination produced 15 main themes from the definitions. Among the 15 conceptual components there are three upon which the definitions rather critically divide. These three points of con- ceptual split are examined for their impact on theory construction in com- munication. Some suggestions are made for conceptual clarification.

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