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Reverence : renewing a forgotten virtue

Author: Paul Woodruff
Publisher: New Nork, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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First published by Oxford University Press in 2001, this new edition of Reverence is revised and expanded. It contains a new preface, two new chapters -- one on the sacred and one on compassion -- and an epilogue focused on renewing reverence in our own lives.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Woodruff, Paul, 1943-
Reverence.
(DLC) 2013035307
(OCoLC)858975454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Woodruff
ISBN: 9780199350810 0199350817 1306562279 9781306562270
OCLC Number: 875894544
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue --
Copyright --
Dedication --
CONTENTS --
FOREWORD --
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
TEXT CREDITS --
Chapter 1: INTRODUCING REVERENCE --
Defining Reverence --
Why This Book --
Why Reverence? --
Chapter 2: WITHOUT REVERENCE --
God Votes in a City Election --
Feeding Time --
No One Votes at All --
Trees Are Merely Cash and Sawdust --
Why Go to a Meeting? --
Dad Slugs the Umpire --
We Know the Enemy Loves to Die --
A World Power Will Stumble --
There Is No Reverence --
Perfect Reverence --
Losing the Idea of Reverence --
"Reverence is for prigs!" --
"Who needs reverence, anyway?" --
"But rituals are meaningless!" --
"Reverence is only about feelings" --
Chapter 3: MUSIC AND A FUNERAL --
Finding Reverence --
The String Quartet --
The Funeral --
Reverence Across Cultures --
Chapter 4: BARE REVERENCE --
A Philosopher's Questions --
Can I give a complete account of reverence? --
What is a virtue? --
Does a virtue provide moral rules? --
Do virtues replace rules? --
What sort of virtue is reverence? --
Why is reverence a capacity for three types of feelings rather than one? --
Could reverence replace other virtues? --
What is the difference between reverence and ceremony? --
What is the difference between reverence and faith? --
Is reverence supposed to take the place of faith or belief? --
Take away belief, and what is there for anyone to be reverent to? --
Will reverence go equally well with any religion? --
What is the difference between reverence and respect? --
What is the difference between reverence and humility? --
Does reverence carry compassion? --
Does reverence belong to religion? --
But don't Christians and Jews, for example, have different kinds of reverence? --
Reverence has to be toward something. Does it make a difference what people are reverent toward?. Can there be reverence for evil? --
Can reverence be abused? --
Is reverence good all the time? What about reverence for tradition? --
How can we tell virtues from imposters? --
If true reverence is not for tradition, must it be secular or humanist? --
Does reverence stand in the way of humor and mockery? --
Can there be shame without reverence? --
What good is shame? --
How can I become reverent? --
How can I tell whether an action is reverent? --
Why should I be reverent? --
Does reverence belong to ethics or to morals? --
Can a reverent person do evil? --
Can an evil person be reverent? --
Can I show reverence in an irreverent society? --
Can I act reverently toward someone who is irreverent? --
Why should leaders be any stronger in reverence than the rest of us? --
Is irreverence ever a virtue? --
Chapter 5: ANCIENT GREECE: The Way of Being Human --
Heroic Failures of Reverence --
Hector wins too often --
Achilles plays the beast --
Tyrannical Failures of Reverence --
Oedipus --
Creon --
Pentheus --
Normal Reverence --
Joyful Reverence --
Chapter 6: ANCIENT CHINA :THE WAY OF POWER --
Ceremonious Virtue (Li) --
Violations of Li --
Li as support for other virtues --
Hierarchy --
Power --
Chapter 7: REVERENCE WITHOUT A CREED --
The Case of Tennyson --
Unnecessary Belief --
That the Object of Reverence is a unique supreme being --
That the Object of Reverence is a god or gods --
That the Object of Reverence Is fearsome --
That the Object of Reverence Is Perfect --
Unbelief Is Not Irreverence --
The Range of Reverence --
Chapter 8: REVERENCE ACROSS RELIGIONS --
Violent Reverence: Sacrifice --
Violent Reverence: Vengeance --
Agnostic Reverence: Greece --
Agnostic Reverence: Chinese Humanism --
Chapter 9: RELATIVISM --
Relativism in Ideas --
Relativism and Tradition --
Chapter 10: SACRED THINGS --
But It's Not Sacred to Me! --
What Is Sacred?. The Secular Sacred --
Ethics of the Sacred --
Sacred Practices --
Reverence and Idolatry --
God --
Feeling What Is Sacred to Another --
Chapter 11: THE REVERENT LEADER --
The Tragedy of Empire --
How Not to Be a Tyrant --
Reverence of Leaders --
Ceremony: Acts of Respect --
Good Judgment --
Chapter 12: COMPASSION --
Sources of Compassion --
Education for Compassion --
The Idolatry of Virtue --
Safer Environments --
Failure at Abu Ghraib --
Chapter 13: THE SILENT TEACHER --
Respecting Students --
The Irreverent Classroom --
Why Not Dominate, If You Are Right? --
The Paradox of Respect --
Chapter 14: HOME --
Home Virtues-and Vices --
Telemachus: Homebound Virtue --
Ulysses: The Call of Adventure, the Siren-song of Death --
Agamemnon: The Love of Honor --
Odysseus: Looking Homeward --
Chapter 15: EPILOGUE: Renewing Reverence --
Pay Attention --
The Languages of Reverence --
Ask the Right Question --
Reverence Saves Lives --
In Place of a Conclusion --
NOTES --
Preface to the Second Edition --
Chapter One: Introducing Reverence --
Chapter Two: Without Reverence --
Chapter Three: Music and a Funeral --
Chapter Four: Bare Reverence --
Chapter 5: Ancient Greece --
A brief discussion of sources and methods --
Ancient Greek customs of reverence --
Notes on ancient authors --
Notes on specific passages --
Chapter Six: Ancient China --
The Confucian conception of Li --
Scholars of Confucianism --
Translations --
Chapter Seven: Reverence Without a Creed --
Chapter Eight: Reverence Across Religions --
Chapter Nine: Relativism --
Relativism and Tradition --
Chapter Ten: Sacred Things --
Chapter Eleven: The Reverent Leader --
Chapter Twelve: Compassion --
Chapter Thirteen: The Silent Teacher --
Chapter Fourteen: Home --
Chapter Fifteen: Epilogue: Renewing Reverence --
WORKS CITED --
INDEX AND GLOSSARY OF PROPER NAMES.
Responsibility: Paul Woodruff.

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