Moral of the Story : An Introduction to Ethics

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
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This popular text uses examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. By linking abstract theory to "real life" through storytelling and story analysis, Rosenstand offers a remarkably effective way of helping students understand and evaluate moral issues.

Table of Contents

The Story as a Tool of Ethics
Who Cares About Ethics? Narratives: Jurassic Park
Wag the Dog
Stories with Morals Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Poetics
Narratives: Euripides, Medea, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Pulp Fiction, Lord Jim
What Should I Do? Theories of Conduct
“Anthropology and the Abnormal”
“The Concept of Multicultural Education”
Narratives: Possessing the Secret of Joy, Sideshow, Do the Right Thing
Myself or Others? Plato, Republic
“The Ethics of Emergencies”
Narratives: Hero, Madame Bovary, Atlas Shrugged
Using Your Reason
Utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham, “Of the Principle of Utility”
Narratives: “The Blacksmith and the Baker”, The Brothers Karamazov, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, Saving Private Ryan, Extreme Measures
Using Your Reason
Kant’s Deontology Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
Metaphysics of Morals
Three Deontological Films: High Noon
Cop Land
Narratives: Abandon Ship!, Rebel Without a Cause, Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Justice”, The Bridges of Madison County
Personhood, Rights, and Justice The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
“Justice as Fairness”
An Eye for an Eye? The Morality of Punishing by Death
Journey Into Darkness
Narratives: Blade Runner, Gattaca, Losing Isaiah, “The Jigsaw Man”, Dead Man Walking
How Should I Be? Theories of Virtue
Socrates, Plato, and the Good Life Plato, Euthyphro
Plato, The Apology
Narratives: A Man for All Seasons, “The Myth of the Cave”
Aristotle’s Virtue Theory Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Narratives: “The Flight of Icarus”, Njal’s Saga, Lord Jim, “A Piece of Advice”, As Good As It Gets
Modern Perspectives Søren Kierkegaard, “Johannes Climacus”
“The Paradox of Morality”
Narratives: Hannah and Her Sisters, No Exit, A Few Good Men
Different Gender, Different Ethic? Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
In a Different Voice
Narratives: A Doll’s House, Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate, Thelma and Louise
Case Studies in Virtues Philip Hallie, Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm
“On Growing Old Gracefully”
Narratives: The Parable of the Good Samaritan, “King Yudisthira and the Dog”, Schindler’s List, Eat Drink Man Woman, Grand Canyon, Othello, “The Faithful Wife and the Woman Warrior”, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Searchers
The Moral Importance of Stories, or The More I Love the Story Martha Nussbaum, Love’s Knowledge
Your Life as Story
Narratives: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Smoke Signals, Tombstone
Selected Bibliography
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