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Reverence : renewing a forgotten virtue

Author: Paul Woodruff
Publisher: New Nork, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Woodruff
ISBN: 9780199350803 0199350809
OCLC Number: 858975454
Description: xvii, 306 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introducing reverence --
Without reverence --
Music and a funeral --
Bare reverence --
Ancient Greece : the way of being human --
Ancient China : the way of power --
Reverence without a creed --
Reverence across religions --
Relativism --
Sacred things --
The reverent leader --
Compassion --
The silent teacher --
Home --
Epilogue : renewing reverence.
Responsibility: Paul Woodruff ; foreword by Betty Sue Flowers.

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First published by Oxford University Press in 2001, this new edition of Reverence is revised and expanded. It contains two new chapters, one on the sacred and one on compassion, and an epilogue  Read more...

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