The best books on morality 📚

Browse the best books on morality as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Porcupine Pirate Plans the Perfect Day

Porcupine Pirate Plans the Perfect Day

By Robert Magnuson

Why this book?

This book teaches a fundamental lesson that kids should learn as they grow up, which is the importance of seeing the silver lining of things especially when things don’t go your way. I think this book would also be a great way to introduce kids to comics. It’s not a graphic novel but a children’s book with some aspects of comics in it. The illustrations are super fun to look at too! I like how there’s a variety of creatures in this book.

From the list:

The best animal children’s books that teaches good morals and values

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Book cover of The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology

The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology

By Daphne Patai

Why this book?

The title says it all. I choose Patai’s withering account of Orwell’s irredeemable misogyny not because I think she is right but because I think she onto something in him and in his life and times. After Koestler, another dark corner.

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The best books on George Orwell

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Book cover of Ethics Without Principles

Ethics Without Principles

By Jonathan Dancy

Why this book?

In this book, Dancy defends the thesis that he calls Ethical Particularism, according to which there is no or virtually no important role for moral rules or principles to play either in moral explanation or in moral understanding. But more importantly, in my view, along the way he lays out in clear and persuasive terms what a powerful explanatory role reasons play in ethical theory. I include it third on my list because the idea that reasons are fundamental and explanatory of everything that has to do with morality and other forms of evaluation has come to be very important…

From the list:

The best books about reasons in ethics

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Book cover of Henry and His Manners

Henry and His Manners

By Tracy Schlepphorst, Charlie Martin

Why this book?

When children are raised with proper social skills and values, it reflects in their behaviour towards others. This is a story about teaching proper manners and behaviors, and children will be able to identify and apply positive actions and kindness.
From the list:

The best children’s books where kindness wins every time

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Book cover of Guri and Gura's Magical Friend

Guri and Gura's Magical Friend

By Rieko Nakagawa, Yuriko Yamawaki, Peter Howlett, Richard McNamara

Why this book?

Guri and Gura’s books shine with the energy of childlike wonder and vitality. Children would delight in Guri and Gura’s adventures. For the parents these books present an opportunity to tap into a possibly dormant, yet present sense of wonderment, magic, and the joy of eating, running, nature, friendship and discovery.

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The best picture books beyond good and bad, right and wrong

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