May 3, 2013

Book List A to Z- "E- Ethical Questions"


This week's Book List features books that raise ethical questions- from abortion to genocide to farming clones, this sampling of books make us think and question our morality.


FICTION:

My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Ethics Topic:
 Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another?


March

March by Geraldine Brooks
Ethics Topic: 
The justification for and moral complexity of war


October

October by Richard B. Wright
Ethics Topic: Euthanasia


The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Ethics Topics: Abortion, as well as the idea of rules- Should rules be followed if they are against one's nature/beliefs/ideas?
(Note: Not for the squeamish as sexual acts as well as description of body parts are detailed.)



The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Ethics Topics: the Indian caste system, domestic abuse, incest


The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Ethics Topic: The role/function of women in a society


The Double Bind

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Ethics Topics: Mental Illness and Homelessness

NONFICTION:

Eating Animals

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Ethics Topic: 
Why do we eat animals?  And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates?


Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre
Ethics Topics:
Medical ethics, Business Ethics, Capitalism v. Morality
Goodreads Link


The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
Ethics Topics: Genocide, Compassion v. Justice/Revenge
Goodreads Link


Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror

Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles
Ethics Topics: 
Is torture in the name of safety ethical?  Should terrorists be treated differently than other serial killers in the prison system?   Does silence in the face of atrocities make you complicit in said atrocities?  And does being silent break the hippocratic oath?
Goodreads Link


The Second Tree : Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality

The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality by Elaine Dewar
Ethics Topics: Cloning, Capitalism v. Morality, Scientific Progress v. Ethics,  Immortality
Goodreads Link



What are some books (fiction or nonfiction) that you recommend that deal with ethical/moral topics and raise questions that demand answers?

4 comments:

  1. Jodi Picoult was the first author I thought of when I saw "Ethical Questions"-glad to see she made the list!

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  2. I think anything by Jodi Picoult could be on this list. She is really great when it comes to posing these issues.

    The Handmade's Tale is an amazing book. I listened to it on audio and I cannot wait to go back and read it in paper form. I still think about this one years afterwards!

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  3. Excellent list, Becca! I'd love to see more lists like this one. And The Double Bind sounds like one I need to read.

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