Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byPaul Woodruff

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Reverence is an ancient virtue that survives among us in half-forgotten patterns of civility and moments of inarticulate awe. Reverence gives meaning to much that we do, yet the word has almost passed out of our vocabulary.Reverence, says philosopher and classicist Paul Woodruff, begins in an understanding of human limitations. From this grows the capacity to be in awe of whatever we believe lies outside our control - God, truth, justice, nature, even death. It is a quality of character that is especially important inleadership and in teaching, although it figures in virtually every human relationship. It transcends religious boundaries and can be found outside religion altogether.Woodruff draws on thinking about this lost virtue in ancient Greek and Chinese traditions and applies lessons from these highly reverent cultures to today's world. The book covers reverence in a variety of contexts - the arts, leadership, teaching, warfare, and the home - and shows how essential aquality it is to a well-functioning society.First published by Oxford University Press in 2001, this new edition of Reverence is revised and expanded. It contains a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, two new chapters - one on the sacred and one on compassion - and an epilogue focused on renewing reverence in our ownlives.

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Reverence is an ancient virtue that survives among us in half-forgotten patterns of civility and moments of inarticulate awe. Reverence gives meaning to much that we do, yet the word has almost passed out of our vocabulary.Reverence, says philosopher and classicist Paul Woodruff, begins in an understanding of human limitations. From th...

Paul Woodruff has served at the University of Texas at Austin since 1973; he has been chair of the Department of Philosophy, director of the Plan II Honors Program, and inaugural dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. Woodruff has translated works by Plato, Sophocles and other ancient Greek writer and interpreted them for modern ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199350809

ISBN - 13:9780199350803

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AcknowledgementsText Credits1. Introducing Reverence2. Without Reverence3. Music and a Funeral: Finding Reverence4. Bare Reverence5. Ancient Greece: The Way of Being Human6. Ancient China: The Way of Power7. Reverence Without a Creed8. Reverence Across Religions9. Relativism10. The Sacred11. The Reverent Leader12. Compassion13. The Reverent Teacher14. HomeEpilogue: Renewing ReverenceNotesWorks CitedIndex and Glossary