The Moral of the Story: An Anthology of Ethics Through Literature / Edition 1

The Moral of the Story: An Anthology of Ethics Through Literature / Edition 1

by Peter Singer, Renata Singer
     
 

In a society increasingly divided about moral values, we need to reflect on the ethics we hold.


  • What do we owe to our children…to our elderly parents…to strangers?

  • Is it always wrong to lie?

  • With whom may we have sex, and who should we marry?

  • Is a leader who takes his country to war responsible for the

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Overview

In a society increasingly divided about moral values, we need to reflect on the ethics we hold.


  • What do we owe to our children…to our elderly parents…to strangers?

  • Is it always wrong to lie?

  • With whom may we have sex, and who should we marry?

  • Is a leader who takes his country to war responsible for the foreseeable deaths of civilians?

  • Should we create new forms of life?

  • Should we value beauty, even above human suffering?

  • Does morality hold even in the death camps?

  • Are morals relative?

Great writers have long wrestled with these questions, often adding depth and a more human dimension than we get from the abstract reasoning of philosophers. In The Moral of the Story, Peter and Renata Singer bring together an engrossing collection of fiction, drama, and poetry that stimulates the reader to think about the perennial questions of ethics.

Whether you read this book from cover to cover, or dip in to whatever selections pique your curiosity, you will find yourself absorbed in the stories and situations, and provoked to think again about your own values, as well as about today’s controversial moral issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405105835
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/21/2005
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.15(w) x 10.05(h) x 1.55(d)

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Meet the Author

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. He is the author of Animal Liberation (1975), and is widely credited with triggering the modern animal rights movement. His other books include Practical Ethics (1979), Rethinking Life and Death (1995) and One World (2002). He is also the editor of A Companion to Ethics (Blackwell, 1991), In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave (Blackwell, 2005), and, with Helga Kuhse, of A Companion to Bioethics (Blackwell, 1999) and Bioethics: An Anthology (Blackwell, 1999). A collection of his best essays on ethics, Unsanctifying Human Life, edited by Helga Kuhse, was published by Blackwell in 2002.

Renata Singer has taught in Oxfordshire and New Jersey, developed anti-racist programs in Sydney and written about development programs in South Africa, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. Her first novel, The Front of the Family,was published in 2002. Among her non-fiction works are the books True Stories from the Land of Divorce (with Nelly Zola, 1995) and Goodbye and Hello (with Susie Orzech, 1985).

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Table of Contents

1from Invisible man7
2from Puberty blues18
3from Giovanni's room23
4from The bonfire of the vanities26
5from Middlemarch34
6from The crucible38
7from Macbeth47
8"The unnatural mother"57
9from Bleak house63
10from The good German69
11from Antigone83
12from Measure for measure86
13"The soft-hearted sioux"91
14"A horseman in the sky"97
15"The peace of Utrecht"102
16from Pride and prejudice116
17from Romeo and Juliet122
18from A suitable boy127
19"The model"140
20from Middlemarch145
21from Anna Karenina151
22from Mrs. Warren's profession155
23from Memoirs of a woman of pleasure160
24from Moll Flanders163
25from "Shepherd's Bush"175
26from Whose life is it anyway?182
27from Moral hazard192
28from Hamlet199
29"A summer tragedy"201
30from North and South215
31from The company222
32from My year of meats225
33from An enemy of the people233
34from The search241
35from Iphigeneia at Aulis251
36from Year of wonders258
37from Enduring love268
38from How to be good276
39"The undesirable table"287
40from Can you forgive her?294
41from Primary colors304
42from Phineas Finn316
43from Uncle Tom's cabin328
44"The convert"336
45from The taming of the Shrew347
46from A doll's house352
47from War and peace364
48from Regeneration369
49"S. I. W."379
50from King Henry V. (act III, scene III)381
51from King Henry V. (act IV, scene I)383
52"The charge of the light brigade"386
53"The prisoner"389
54from The magus395
55"The limits of trooghaft"405
56from The plague dogs412
57from The restaurant at the end of the universe418
58from The pioneers420
59from Prometheus bound430
60Genesis 22434
61from The brothers Karamazov436
62from Frankenstein442
63from The Makropulos secret450
64"The sea-serpent"465
65from Robinson Crusoe469
66from The adventures of Huckleberry Finn472
67from The third man476
68"This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen"480
69"The ones who walk away from Omelas"497
70from Crime and punishment502
71from The remains of the day510
72from Dr. Wortle's school516
73from To kill a mockingbird524
74Sonnet 138537
75from Middlemarch538
76from Robinson Crusoe550
77from The portrait of a lady552
78from Brave new world557
79from The Princess Casamassima562

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