Reverence Renewing a Forgotten Virtue

ISBN-10: 0195157958
ISBN-13: 9780195157956
Edition: 2001
Authors: Paul Woodruff
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Description: Reverence is an ancient virtue dating back thousands of years. It survives among us in half-forgotten patterns of behavior and in the vestiges of old ceremonies. Yet, Paul Woodruff says, we have lost sight of reverence. This short, elegiac volume  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Reverence is an ancient virtue dating back thousands of years. It survives among us in half-forgotten patterns of behavior and in the vestiges of old ceremonies. Yet, Paul Woodruff says, we have lost sight of reverence. This short, elegiac volume makes an impassioned case for the fundamental importance of the forgotten virtue of reverence, and how awe for things greater than oneself can--indeed must--be a touchstone for other virtues like respect, humility, and charity. Ranging widely over diverse cultural terrain--from Philip Larkin to ancient Greek poetry, from modern politics to Chinese philosophy--Woodruff shows how absolutely essential reverence is to a well-functioning society. He tackles some thorny questions: How does reverence allow not only for leaders but for followers? What role does reverence play in religion? Do some religions misuse reverence? Must reverence be humorless? In the process, Woodruff shows convincingly how reverence plays an unseen part in virtually every human relationship. Elegantly written, thoughtful yet urgent, Reverence is sure to reach out to a wide variety of people interested in the moral health of Western culture, showing how our own intellectual and spiritual legacy can guide us more than we realize.

Paul Woodruff is former dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and currently Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness and Rewards .

Acknowledgments
Text Credits
Introducing Reverence
Without Reverence
Music and a Funeral: Finding Reverence
Bare Reverence
Ancient Greece: The Way of Being Human
Ancient China: The Way of Power
Reverence Without a Creed
Reverence Across Religions
Relativism
The Reverent Leader
The Silent Teacher
Home
Notes
Works Cited
Index and Glossary of Proper Names

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