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Moral of the Story: an Introduction To Ethics (6TH 08 - Old Edition)


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The Moral of the Story, offers a remarkably effective approach that helps students understand and evaluate moral issues. Through storytelling and story analysis, using examples from fiction and film, Rosenstand brings classical moral theories to life and shows student how these theories are applied to the world around them. The sixth edition of this text with readings has been thoroughly updated to include coverage of and examples from recent research, events, and films. It also expands the applied ethics chapter to include the additional topics of media bias, abortion, euthanasia, business ethics, and environmental ethics, in particular the issue of global warming.

Table of Contents

PART I: The Story as a Tool of Ethics

Chapter 1: Thinking About Values

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times?

Good and Evil

Is Morality Hardwired?

Values, Morals and Ethics

Debating Moral Issues: The Role of Religion, the Law, Logic, Emotions, and Story-Telling

Martha Nussbaum: Stories, Ethics, and Emotions

Primary Reading: Martha Nussbaum, Love's Knowledge

Primary Reading: Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect

Narrative: Smoke Signals

Narrative: Big Fish

Narrative: East of Eden

Chapter 2: Learning Moral Lessons from Stories

Didactic Stories

The New Interest in Stories Across the Professions

The Value of Stories in World Cultures

Stories of Values Across the Ages

Primary Reading: Plato, The Republic

Primary Reading: Aristotle, Poetics

Primary Reading: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Primary Reading: Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

Narrative: Medea

Narrative: The Sorrows of Young Werther

Narrative: The Education on Mingo

Narrative: Pulp Fiction

PART II: What Should I Do? Theories of Conduct

Chapter 3: Ethical Relativism

How to Deal with Moral Differences

The Lessons of Anthropology

Refuting Ethical Relativism

James Rachels and Soft Universalism

Ethical Relativism and Multiculturalism

Primary Reading: Ruth Benedict, Anthropology and the Abnormal

Primary Reading: Dwight Furrow, Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits"

Primary Reading: John Steinbeck, Paradox and Dream

Narrative: The Poisonwood Bible

Narrative: Possessing the Secret of Joy

Narrative: Do the Right Thing

Chapter 4: Myself or Others?

Psychological Egoism: From Virginia Tech to 9/11

Psychological Egoism: From Glaucon to Hobbes

Shortcomings to Psychological Egoism

Ethical Egoism and Its Critics

Being Selfless: Levinas's Ideal Altruism vs. Singer's Reciprocal Altruism

Selfish Genes, or Fellow-Feeling? Dawkins, Midgley, Hume and de Waal

Primary Reading: Plato, The Republic

Primary Reading: Erik Katz, The Rings of Tolkien and Plato

Primary Reading: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Primary Reading: Ayn Rand, The Ethics of Emergencies

Primary Reading: Frans de Waal, Primates and Philosophers

Narrative: Friends episode: "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS"

Narrative: Return to Paradise

Narrative: Atlas Shrugged

Narrative: The Lord of the Rings

Chapter 5: Using Your Reason, Part 1: Utilitarianism

Jeremy Bentham and the Hedonistic Calculus

Advantages and Problems of Sheer Numbers: From Animal Welfare to the Question of Torture

John Stuart Mill: Higher and Lower Pleasures

Mill's Harm Principle

Act and Rule Utilitarianism

Primary Reading: Jeremy Bentham, Of the Principle of Utility

Primary Reading: John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

Primary Reading: Peter Singer, A Convenient Truth

Narrative: The Blacksmith and the Baker

Narrative: The Brothers Karamazov

Narrative: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Narrative: Extreme Measures

Narrative: Runaway Jury

Chapter 6: Using Your Reason, Part 2: Kant's Deontology

Consequences Don't Count - Having a Good Will Does

The Categorical Imperative

Rational Beings Are Ends in Themselves

Beings Who Are Things

The Kingdom of Ends

Primary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

Primary Reading: Immanuel Kant, The Metaphysics of Morals

Narrative: High Noon

Narrative: 3:10 to Yuma

Narrative: Match Point

Chapter 7: Personhood, Rights, and Justice

What Is a Human Being?

The Expansion of the Concept "Human"

Personhood: The Key to Rights

Science and Moral Responsibility: Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning

Questions of Rights and Equality

Distributive Justice: From Rawls to Affirmative Action

Forward- and Backward-Looking Justice and Affirmative Action

Criminal Justice: Restorative Versus Retributive Justice

Primary Reading: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Rights

Primary Reading: John Rawls, Justice as Fairness

Primary Reading: Martin Luther King, Jr., A Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Primary Reading: John Bertreaux, Two Texts on Discrimination

Primary Reading: Diane Whitely, The Victim and the Justification of Punishment

Narrative: The Island

Narrative: Gattaca

Narrative: Mississippi Burning

Narrative: Hotel Rwanda

Narrative: Minority Report

PART III: How Should I Be? Theories of Virtue

Chapter 8: Virtue Ethics from Tribal Philosophy to Socrates and Plato

What Is Virtue? What is Character?

Non-Western Virtue Ethics: Africa and Indigenous America

Virtue Ethics in the West

The Good Teacher: Socrates' Legacy, Plato's Works

The Good Life

The Virtuous Person: The Tripartite Soul

Plato's Theory of Forms

Plato's Influence on Christianity

Primary Reading: Plato, The Republic

Primary Reading: Plato, Apology

Narrative: A Man for All Seasons

Narrative: The Myth of the Cave

Narrative: The Truman Show

Narrative: Shrek

Chapter 9: Aristotle's Virtue Theory: Everything in Moderation

Empirical Knowledge and the Realm of the Senses

Aristotle the Scientist

Aristotle's Virtue Theory: Teleology and The Golden Mean

Aristotle's Influence on Thomas Aquinas

Some Objections to Greek Virtue Theory

Primary Reading: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book II

Primary Reading: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book III

Narrative: The Flight of Icarus

Narrative: Njal's Saga

Narrative: Lord Jim

Narrative: A Piece of Advice

Narrative: As Good as it Gets

Chapter 10: Contemporary Perspectives

Ethics and the Morality of Virtue as Political Concepts

Have Virtue, and Then Go Ahead: Mayo, Foot, and Sommers

The Quest for Authenticity: Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, and Levinas

Primary Reading: Soren Kierkegaard, Johannes Climacus

Primary Reading: Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

Primary Reading: Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism

Primary Reading: The Paradox of Morality: An Interview with Emmanuel Levinas

Narrative: No Exit

Narrative: Good Will Hunting

Narrative: The Searchers

Chapter 11: Case Studies in Virtue

Courage of the Physical and Moral Kind

Compassion: From Hume to Huck Finn

Gratitude: Asian Tradition and Western Modernity

Virtue and Conduct: The Option of Soft Universalism

Diversity, Politics and Common Ground?

Primary Reading: John McCain, Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life

Primary Reading: Philip Hallie, Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm

Primary Reading: Lin Yutang, On Growing Old Gracefully

Narrative: Band of Brothers, Third Episode, "Carentan"

Narrative: The Life of Tom Horn

Narrative: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Narrative: Schindler's List

Narrative: Eat Drink Man Woman

Narrative: Pay It Forward

Chapter 12: Different Gender, Different Ethic?

Feminism and Virtue Theory

What Is Gender Equality?

Women's Historical Role in the Public Sphere

First-, Second-, and Third-Wave Feminism

Classical, Difference and Radical Feminism

Primary Reading: Harriet Taylor Mill, Enfranchisement of Women

Primary Reading: Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Primary Reading: Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice

Narrative: A Doll's House

Narrative: The Woman Destroyed

Narrative: Mona Lisa Smile

Chapter 13: Applied Ethics: A Sampler

The Question of Abortion and Personhood

Euthanasia as a Right to Choose?

Media Ethics and Media Bias

Business Ethics: The Rules of the Game

Just War Theory

Animal Welfare and Animal Rights

Ethics of the Environment: Think Globally, Act Locally

The Death Penalty

The Ethics of Self-Improvement: Narrative Identity

A Final Word

Primary Reading: Andrew Belsey and Ruth Chadwick, Ethics as a Vehicle for Media Quality

Primary Reading: Amber Levanon Seligson and Laurie Choi, Critical Elements of an Organizational Ethical Culture

Primary Reading: Scott Gottlieb, How Safe Is Our Food? FDA Could Do Better

Primary Reading: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples

Primary Reading: Jan Narveson, Morality and Violence: War, Revolution, Terrorism

Primary Reading: The Declaration on Great Apes

Primary Reading: Lee Hall and Anthony Jon Waters, From Property to Person: The Case of Evelyn Hart

Primary Reading: Ethics and the Environment

Primary Reading: A.O. Scott, Warning of Calamities and Hoping for a Change in 'An Inconvenient Truth'

Primary Reading: Michael Barone, Gore Twists Science, History

Primary Reading: Tom Sorell, Two Ideals and the Death Penalty

Primary Reading: Mark Fuhrman, Death and Justice: An Expose of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine

Primary Reading: Tristine Rainer, Your Life as Story

Narrative: 15 Minutes

Narrative: The Insider

Narrative: The Jigsaw Man

Narrative: The Life of David Gale




Product Details

Rosenstand, Nina
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Rosenstand Nina
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy | Ethics
Publication Date:
July 2008
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
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