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

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In The Moral of the Story, Peter and Renata Singer draw on some of the best works of fiction, playwriting, and poetry in order to shed light on the perennial questions of ethics.

  • A vivid montage of literature that touches on a broad range of ethical subjects and themes
  • Offers a unique contribution to the study of moral philosophy and literature
  • Demonstrates how literary sources can add richness to discussions of real-life moral questions and dilemmas
  • Brings together selections and excerpts from the world’s most celebrated short stories, novels, plays, and poetry
  • Features substantive section introductions by Peter and Renata Singer
  • Peter Singer is a leading moral philosopher, widely credited with triggering the modern animal-rights movement. His collection of essays, Unsanctifying Human Life, edited by Helga Kuhse, was published by Blackwell Publishing in 2001.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Shelley called poets ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world.’ Peter and Renata Singer have made novelists and playwrights (and poets!), its acknowledged ethicists. An intriguing collection.” Randy Cohen, writer of “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine

“This excellent, wide-ranging anthology reminds us that there is as much ethics in Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky as in Kant or Mill. Philosophy departments should leave around copies for students to dip into and be inspired by.” Jonathan Glover, King’s College London

“An essential and enriching anthology, selected with wisdom and care by Peter and Renata Singer…an invaluable light on the moral and ethical landscape.” Carol Rocamora, New York University

"The Moral of the Story is an extremely stimulating collection. Its examples are mostly drawn from classics, but there are enough idiosyncratic contemporary choices to give it a distinct flavour." James Ley, The Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405105835
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/21/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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

1 from Invisible man 7
2 from Puberty blues 18
3 from Giovanni's room 23
4 from The bonfire of the vanities 26
5 from Middlemarch 34
6 from The crucible 38
7 from Macbeth 47
8 "The unnatural mother" 57
9 from Bleak house 63
10 from The good German 69
11 from Antigone 83
12 from Measure for measure 86
13 "The soft-hearted sioux" 91
14 "A horseman in the sky" 97
15 "The peace of Utrecht" 102
16 from Pride and prejudice 116
17 from Romeo and Juliet 122
18 from A suitable boy 127
19 "The model" 140
20 from Middlemarch 145
21 from Anna Karenina 151
22 from Mrs. Warren's profession 155
23 from Memoirs of a woman of pleasure 160
24 from Moll Flanders 163
25 from "Shepherd's Bush" 175
26 from Whose life is it anyway? 182
27 from Moral hazard 192
28 from Hamlet 199
29 "A summer tragedy" 201
30 from North and South 215
31 from The company 222
32 from My year of meats 225
33 from An enemy of the people 233
34 from The search 241
35 from Iphigeneia at Aulis 251
36 from Year of wonders 258
37 from Enduring love 268
38 from How to be good 276
39 "The undesirable table" 287
40 from Can you forgive her? 294
41 from Primary colors 304
42 from Phineas Finn 316
43 from Uncle Tom's cabin 328
44 "The convert" 336
45 from The taming of the Shrew 347
46 from A doll's house 352
47 from War and peace 364
48 from Regeneration 369
49 "S. I. W." 379
50 from King Henry V. (act III, scene III) 381
51 from King Henry V. (act IV, scene I) 383
52 "The charge of the light brigade" 386
53 "The prisoner" 389
54 from The magus 395
55 "The limits of trooghaft" 405
56 from The plague dogs 412
57 from The restaurant at the end of the universe 418
58 from The pioneers 420
59 from Prometheus bound 430
60 Genesis 22 434
61 from The brothers Karamazov 436
62 from Frankenstein 442
63 from The Makropulos secret 450
64 "The sea-serpent" 465
65 from Robinson Crusoe 469
66 from The adventures of Huckleberry Finn 472
67 from The third man 476
68 "This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen" 480
69 "The ones who walk away from Omelas" 497
70 from Crime and punishment 502
71 from The remains of the day 510
72 from Dr. Wortle's school 516
73 from To kill a mockingbird 524
74 Sonnet 138 537
75 from Middlemarch 538
76 from Robinson Crusoe 550
77 from The portrait of a lady 552
78 from Brave new world 557
79 from The Princess Casamassima 562
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