“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
It is widely held that great writers have something to say about the important ethical issues we face. By providing narrative context, literary sources can add a richness to the discussion of real-life moral questions and dilemmas that is sometimes lacking in more academic, philosophical writings. The Moral of the Story is a colorful montage of literature that touches on a broad range of ethical subjects and themes. This anthology brings together selections and excerpts from the world's most celebrated short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. A broad range of writers, from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to Ursula Le Guin and Nick Hornby, are included. Featuring substantive section introductions by Peter and Renata Singer, the collection is a unique contribution to the study of moral philosophy and literature.