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The Moral of the Story: An Introduction to Ethics, 5/e

Nina Rosenstand, San Diego Mesa College

ISBN: 0072963352
Copyright year: 2006

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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
     Morals, Ethics, and Values
     Why Be Moral?
     Debating Moral Issues
     Martha Nussbaum, Stories Have Value
     Primary Reading: Martha Nussbaum, Love's Knowledge
     Narrative: How to Be Good
     Narrative: Smoke Signals
     Narrative: Big Fish
Chapter 2: Learning Moral Lessons from Stories
     Didactic Stories
     The New Interest in Stories
     The Value of Stories
     Stories Past and Present
     Stories to Live and Die By
     Seeing Your Life as a Story
     Living in the Narrative Zone
     Primary Reading: Plato, The Republic
     Primary Reading: Aristotle, Poetics
     Primary Reading: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
     Primary Reading: Tristine Rainer, Your Life as Story
     Narrative: Medea
     Narrative: The Sorrows of Young Werther
     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
     Problems with Ethical Relativism
     Refuting Ethical Relativism
     Ethical Relativism and Multiculturalism
     Primary Reading: Ruth Benedict, "Anthropology and the Abnormal"
     Primary Reading: Dwight Furrow, "Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits"
     Primary Reading: Bhikhu Parekh, "The Concept of Multicultural Education"
     Narrative: The Poisonwood Bible
     Narrative: Possessing the Secret of Joy
     Narrative: Sideshow
     Narrative: Do the Right Thing
Chapter 4: Myself or Others?
     Psychological Egoism
     Ethical Egoism
     Altruism: Ideal and Reciprocal
     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"
     Narrative: Friends
     Narrative: Return to Paradise
     Narrative: Madame Bovary
     Narrative: Atlas Shrugged
     Narrative: "The Gift of the Magi"
     Narrative: The Lord of the Rings
Chapter 5: Using Your Reason, Part 1: Utilitarianism
     Jeremy Bentham and the Hedonistic Calculus
     John Stuart Mill: Another Utilitarian Vision
     Act and Rule Utilitarianism
     Primary Reading: Jeremy Bentham, "Of the Principle of Utility"
     Primary Reading: John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
     Narrative: "The Blacksmith and the Baker"
     Narrative: The Brothers Karamazov
     Narrative: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
     Narrative: Saving Private Ryan
     Narrative: Extreme Measures
     Narrative: Runaway Jury
Chapter 6: Using Your Reason, Part 2: Kant's Deontology
     The Good Will
     The Categorical Imperative
     Rational Beings Are Ends in Themselves
     Primary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
     Primary Reading: Immanuel Kant, The Metaphysics of Morals
     Narrative: High Noon
     Narrative: Outland
     Narrative: Cop Land
     Narrative: Abandon Ship!
     Narrative: The Insider
Chapter 7: Personhood, Rights, and Justice
     What Is a Human Being?
     Persons and Rights
     Questions of Rights
     Distributive Justice
     Criminal 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 Birmingham Jail"
     Primary Reading: Diane Whitely, "The Victim and the Justification of Punishment"
     Narrative: Blade Runner
     Narrative: Gattaca
     Narrative: Losing Isaiah
     Narrative: Outbreak
     Narrative: Minority Report
PART III: How Should I Be? Theories of Virtue
Chapter 8: Socrates, Plato, and the Good Life
     What Is Virtue?
     The Good Teacher
     The Good Life
     The Virtuous Person
     Plato's Theory of Forms
     Primary Reading: Plato, Euthyphro
     Primary Reading: Plato, Apology
     Narrative: A Man for All Seasons
     Narrative: "The Myth of the Cave"
     Narrative: The Truman Show
     Narrative: "The Store of the Worlds"
     Narrative: Shrek
Chapter 9: Aristotle's Virtue Theory
     Aristotle the Scientist
     Aristotle and Virtue
     Aristotle's Influence on 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
     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: Emmanuel Levinas, "The Paradox of Morality: An Interview with Emmanuel Levinas"
     Narrative: Hannah and her Sisters
     Narrative: No Exit
     Narrative: A Few Good Men
Chapter 11: Case Studies in Virtues
     Courage: What Is It, and Who Has It?
     Compassion: Are We Born with It?
     Gratitude: How Much and When?
     Virtue and Conduct: A Combination?
     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
     Narrative: The Life of Tom Horn
     Narrative: "The Parable of the Good Samaritan"
     Narrative: "King Yudisthira and the Dog"
     Narrative: Schindler's List
     Narrative: Eat Drink Man Woman
     Narrative: Pay It Forward
     Narrative: Grand Canyon
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
     Facets of Feminism Today
     Primary Reading: Harriet Taylor Mill, "Enfranchisement of Women"
     Primary Reading: Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
     Primary Reading: Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice
     Primary Reading: Deborah Tannen, Talking from 9 to 5
     Narrative: A Doll's House
     Narrative: Like Water for Chocolate
     Narrative: "The Woman Destroyed"
     Narrative: Mona Lisa Smile
Chapter 13: Applied Ethics: A Sampler
     Media Ethics
     Theory of a Just War
     Animal Welfare and Animal Rights
     The Death Penalty
     Stories and Issues: A Final Word
     Primary Reading: Andrew Belsey and Ruth Chadwick, "Ethics as a Vehicle for Media Quality"
     Primary Reading: John Rawls, The Law of Peoples
     Primary Reading: Jan Narveson, "Morality and Violence: War, Revolution, Terrorism"
     Primary Reading: David Rodin, "Terrorism Without Intention"
     Primary Reading: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Roger Lewin, Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind
     Primary Reading: John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Journey into Darkness
     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
     Narrative: 15 Minutes
     Narrative: "The Jigsaw Man"
     Narrative: The Life of David Gale

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