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Now in its seventh edition, The Moral of the Storycontinues to bring understanding to difficult concepts in moral philosophy through storytelling and story analysis. Students will study ethical relativism by examining the film Avatar, explore utilitarianism through The Invention of Lying, and discuss Kant's deontology by examining Woody Allen's Match Point. They will consider virtue ethics by juxtaposing Plato's "Myth of the Cave" with the themes in The Truman Show. Rosenstand's work is lively and relatable, and students will enjoy discussing examples from contemporary film, fiction narratives, and even popular comic strips.
Table of Contents
PART 1: The Story as a Tool of Ethics
Chapter 1: Thinking About Values
Do We Need a Code of Ethics?
Values, Morals and Ethics
Good and Evil
Debating Moral Issues: from Religion to Neurobiology and Storytelling
Martha Nussbaum: Stories, Ethics, and Emotions
A Philosophical Example, a Real-Life Event, and Two Fictional Stories about Lying