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What does it look like to live a moral life in today’s market system? We know all too well what it does not look like. The news is filled with moral failures of leaders and executives at top firms. We like to believe that we would behave differently, but what kind of pressures inform our moral choices? What pulls us, what pushes us, and what persuades us to act one way rather than another? These are the questions that a course combining business and literature can open in unique ways, for the world of fiction helps open the ethical dilemmas of the market we inhabit everyday. In the following course, we use great books, classics of film and modern television, and the tools of modern psychology and business strategy to think critically about what is entailed in living a moral life in the midst of the modern market. For media coverage on this course, see This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

West North Central

University or College

Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Morality and Markets

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD English; PhD Business

Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of English; Professor of Practice in Family Enterprise

Academic Year(s) Active

2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22

Primary Works on Reading List

Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography; Francis Spufford, Red Plenty; Raymond Carver, A Small Good Thing; Hannah Webster Foster, The Coquette; Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly; James Baldwin, Go Tell It On The Mountain; Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener; William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham; and Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory.

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