Reverence Paperback

Renewing a Forgotten Virtue

by Paul 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 in leadership 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 a quality 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 own lives.

Reverence by Paul Woodruff was published by Oxford University Press in June 2014 and is our 67377th best seller. The ISBN for Reverence is 9780199350803.

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Details for Reverence

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherOxford University Press (June 2014)
Edition2nd Revised edition
Number of Pages336
Thickness21 mm
Height177 mm
Width128 mm
Product Code4262065
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