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Teaching Ethics with Three Philosophical Novels

  • The first textbook to combine ethical theory with real literature

  • A textbook that will brings student engagement to another level through literature

  • Offers a method to effectively put together a course in ethics using fiction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. A Very Short Textbook on Ethics with Primary Readings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Boylan
      Pages 45-62
    3. Michael Boylan
      Pages 63-74
  3. The Novels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Michael Boylan
      Pages 77-315
    3. Michael Boylan
      Pages 317-495
    4. Michael Boylan
      Pages 497-727
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 729-731

About this book


This book offers a unique method for teaching ethics and social/political philosophy by combining primary texts and resource material along with three philosophical novels so that students can apply the abstract principles to real-life situations. Boylan provides a preface to introduce instructors in how to effectively put together a course in ethics using fiction. A sample syllabus and sample assignments are provided.

Students often turn-off when confronted with abstract ethical principles, alone. This book allows interaction with philosophical novels that provide real-life situations that mirrors applying normative principles to lived experience. Students will be drawn into this realism and their engagement with the material will be significantly enhanced. This is an innovative textbook for teachers and students of general philosophy, ethics, business ethics, social and political philosophy, as well as students of literature and philosophy.


Kant primary texts Aristotle primary texts Mill primary texts Boylan's philosophical fiction Boylan's personal worldview imperative ethics education teaching ethics philosophical novels social philosophy political philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMarymount UniversityArlingtonUSA

About the authors

Michael Boylan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, Philosophy; M.A. University of Chicago, English Literature) is Professor of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 22 books in Philosophy spanning Ethics and Social/Political Philosophy to Philosophy of Science and to Philosophy and Literature. He is also the author of 135 articles on the same. Boylan is also the author of 6 published novels, a professionally produced play, two books of poetry and scores of short stories. In the practical world Boylan has served on political advisory committees at the national and international level.

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