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Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue

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An elegant meditation on the forgotten virtue of reverence

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. Like an important engine part that has rusted over time, the idea of reverence has become increasingly foreign. 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, whether in government, work, friendship, or family. It is essential, he says, for us to recover a sense of reverence in order to help repair the fraying bonds that tie us together.

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.

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"In this small book, philosopher Paul Woodruff sets himself two large tasks: to revive an appreciation for reverence in a culture that celebrates irreverence, and to rescue the idea of virtue from its proponents on the right and its opponents on the left. He succeeds admirably in both." Scott Russell Sanders, Christian Science Monitor

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"Reverence is a beautifully written meditation on an important — and neglected — virtue. It is a wise, humane work and — in its own reverent way — something of a minor masterpiece." David Reeve, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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"Woodruff approaches his subject with reverence, thereby invoking it even as he is analyzing it with depth and clarity. We have lost the 'idea' of reverence, he tells us, and to reclaim it is our obligation and opportunity. A beautiful book, lyrical and hard-hitting, intellectual and emotive, transformative." Ursula Goodenough, author of Sacred Depths of Nature

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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. 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.

Synopsis:

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 be a touchstone for other virtues like respect, humility, and charity.

About the Author

Paul Woodruff is Mary Helen Thompson Professor of the Humanities at the University of Texas in Austin. A widely published translator of Plato, Thucydides, and other ancient writers, he has written extensively on classical philosophy and political thought.

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Ernest J.P. Muhly, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Ernest J.P. Muhly)
Although written ten years ago, Paul Woodruff's Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue is a wonderful celebration of patterns of behavior that are essential to preserve cultures, societies, relationships and the living world we all need to survive without undue suffering.

In all of my forty-plus years or reading spiritual writings, this is one I keep coming back to. As global warming and wars seem to consume so much attention, Paul Woodruff's Reverence is a wonderful reminder of what is really important.
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ISBN:
9780195157956
Author:
Woodruff, Paul
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Oxford
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Honor
Subject:
Respect
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Moral Philosophy
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Philosophy | Ethics and Moral Philosophy
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PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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20021231
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English
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11 illus.
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256
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Product details 256 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195157956 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this small book, philosopher Paul Woodruff sets himself two large tasks: to revive an appreciation for reverence in a culture that celebrates irreverence, and to rescue the idea of virtue from its proponents on the right and its opponents on the left. He succeeds admirably in both."
"Review" by , "Reverence is a beautifully written meditation on an important — and neglected — virtue. It is a wise, humane work and — in its own reverent way — something of a minor masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Woodruff approaches his subject with reverence, thereby invoking it even as he is analyzing it with depth and clarity. We have lost the 'idea' of reverence, he tells us, and to reclaim it is our obligation and opportunity. A beautiful book, lyrical and hard-hitting, intellectual and emotive, transformative."
"Synopsis" by , 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. 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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 be a touchstone for other virtues like respect, humility, and charity.

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