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Woodruff, Paul 1943-

Works: 80 works in 346 publications in 1 language and 15,988 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Mythological plays  Poetry  Educational films  Internet videos  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other
Classifications: DF229.T5, 882.01
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Most widely held works about Paul Woodruff
Most widely held works by Paul Woodruff
Reverence : renewing a forgotten virtue by Paul Woodruff( )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Reason and religion in Socratic philosophy by N. D Smith( )

21 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together studies by prominent historians, classicists, and philosophers on the roles and effects of religion in Socratic philosophy and on the trial of Socrates. This collection of important studies by many of the leading scholars in the field will appeal to historians, religious scholars, classicists, philosophers, and political theorists interested in Socrates and Plato, as well as to readers interested in conflicts between reason and religion."--Jacket
First democracy : the challenge of an ancient idea by Paul Woodruff( )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have an unwavering faith in democracy and are ever eager to export it to nations around the world. But how democratic is our own "democracy"? If you can vote, if the majority rules, if you have elected representatives - does this automatically mean that you have a democracy? In this eye-opening look at an ideal that we all take for granted, classical scholar Paul Woodruff offers some surprising answers to these questions." "Drawing on classical literature, philosophy, and history - with many intriguing passages from Sophocles, Aesop, and Plato, among others - Woodruff immerses us in the world of ancient Athens to uncover how the democratic impulse first came to life. If we learn anything from the story of Athens, Woodruff concludes, it should be this - never lose sight of the ideals of democracy. This compact book illuminates these ideals and lights the way as we struggle to keep democracy alive at home and around the world."--Jacket
The Ajax dilemma : justice, fairness, and rewards by Paul Woodruff( )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Woodruff examines one of today's most pressing moral issues: how to distribute rewards and public recognition without damaging the social fabric ... Woodruff argues that while we can never create a perfect system for distributing just rewards, we can recognize the essential role that wisdom, compassion, moderation, and respect must play if we are to restore the basic sense of justice on which all communities depend."--Jacket
The necessity of theater : the art of watching and being watched by Paul Woodruff( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is unique and essential about theater? What separates it from other arts? Do we need "theater" in some fundamental way? The art of theater, as Paul Woodruff says in this elegant and unique book, is as necessary--and as powerful - as language itself. Defining theater broadly, including sporting events and social rituals, he treats traditional theater as only one possibility in an art that - at its most powerful - can change lives and (as some peoples believe) bring a divine presence to earth. The Necessity of Theater analyzes the unique power of theater by separating it into the twin arts of watching and being watched, practiced together in harmony by watchers and the watched. Whereas performers practice the art of being watched - making their actions worth watching, and paying attention to action, choice, plot, character, mimesis, and the sacredness of performance space - audiences practice the art of watching: paying close attention. A good audience is emotionally engaged as spectators; their engagement takes a form of empathy that can lead to a special kind of human wisdom. As Plato implied, theater cannot teach us transcendent truths, but it can teach us about ourselves. Characteristically thoughtful, probing, and original, Paul Woodruff makes the case for theater as a unique form of expression connected to our most human instincts. The Necessity of Theater should appeal to anyone seriously interested or involved in theater or performance more broadly"--Jacket
Symposium by Plato( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation is extremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printing decisions (on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc.); the notes are kept to a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension and are truly informative. And the introduction admirably presents both basic information and a sense of current scholarly opinion. --S. G. Nugent, Princeton University
Hippias major by Plato( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early Greek political thought from Homer to the sophists( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This edition of early Greek writings on social and political issues includes works by more than thirty authors. There is a particular emphasis on the sophists, with the inclusion of all of their significant surviving texts, and the works of Alcidamas, Antisthenes and the 'Old Oligarch' are also represented. In addition there are excerpts from early poets such as Homer, Hesiod and Solon, the three great tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, the historians Herodotus and Thucydides, medical writers and presocratic philosophers. Besides political theory, areas represented include early anthropology, sociology, ethics and rhetoric, and the wide range of issues discussed includes human nature, the origin of human society, the origin of law, the nature of justice, the forms of good government, the distribution of wealth, and the distribution of power among genders and social classes."
Facing evil : light at the core of darkness( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides' political theory--famous as well as important but lesser-known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists. Newly translated into spare, vigorous English, and situated within a connective narrative framework, Woodruff's selections will be of special interest to instructors in political theory and Greek civilization. Includes maps, notes, glossary
Phaedrus by Plato( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A superb translation that captures the rhetorical brilliance of the Greek. ... The translation is faithful in the very best sense: it reflects both the meaning and the beauty of the Greek text. ... The footnotes are always helpful, never obtrusive. A one-page outline is useful since there are no editorial additions to mark major divisions in the dialogue. An appendix containing fragments of early Greek love poetry helps the reader appreciate the rich, and perhaps elusive, meaning of eros. ... The entire Introduction is crisply written, and the authors' erudition shines throughout, with."
Antigone by Sophocles( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creon, the king of Thebes, forbids the burial of those who rebelled against his rule. Antigone, soon to marry Creon's son, disobeys this edict to bury her brother Polyneices
Loyalty by Sanford Levinson( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring essays by scholars working in a variety of subjects, [this book] presents diverse perspectives on dilemmas posed by potential conflicts between loyalties to specific institutions or professional roles and more universalistic conceptions of moral duty. Beings with a philosophical exploration of theories of loyalty, both Eastern and Western, then moves on to examine several problematic situations in which loyalty is often a factor: partisan politics, the armed forces, and lawyer-client relationships"--Publisher description
The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Classical Greek drama is brought vividly to life in this series of new translations. The new versions remain faithful to the original Greek, yet the language has all the immediacy of contemporary English. The result is a series of genuinely actable plays, which bring students as close as possible to the playwrights' original words and intentions." "Students are encouraged to engage with the text through detailed commentaries, which include suggestions for discussion and analysis. In addition, numerous practical questions stimulate ideas on staging and encourage students to explore the play's dramatic qualities." "Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama is suitable for students of both Classical Civilization and Drama. Useful features include: full synopsis of the play; commentary alongside translation for easy reference; time line to set the play in its historical context; guide to pronunciation of names; and index of topics and themes."--Jacket
The Oedipus plays of Sophocles : philosophical perspectives( )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus presents ceaseless paradoxes. He is proud of his intellect, but he does not know himself and succumbs easily to self-deceptions. As a ruler he expresses the good will toward his people, but as an exile he will do nothing to save them from their enemies. Faced with a damning prophecy, he tries to take destiny into his own hands and fails. Realizing this, he struggles at the end of his life for a serenity that seems to elude him. In his last misery, he is said to illustrate the tragic lament that it is better not to be born, or,once born, better to die young than to live into old age. Such are the themes addressed in this volume--self-knowledge, self-deception, destiny, the value of a human life
The Theban plays by Sophocles( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers the fruits of Peter Meineck and Paul Woodruff's dynamic collaboration on the plays of Sophocles' Theban cycle, presenting the translators' Oedipus Tyrannus ; along with Woodruff's Antigone ; and a muscular new Oedipus at Colonus by Meineck. Grippingly readable, all three translations combine fidelity to the Greek with concision, clarity, and powerful, hard-edged speech. Each play features foot-of-the-page notes, stage directions, and line numbers to the Greek. Woodruff's Introduction discusses the playwright, Athenian theatre and performance, the composition of the plays, an
The garden of leaders : revolutionizing higher education by Paul Woodruff( )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is leadership? And what sort of education could prepare young people to be leaders? In this book, the author argues that higher education should set a focus on cultivating leadership in students of all majors. The author advances a new view of higher education that places leadership at the heart of everything it does, so that students will be prepared to lead in their lives and careers. The author views contemporary universities as lacking an emphasis on leadership, and presents three core sets of recommendations for how they can and should foster it
The ethics of giving : philosophers' perspectives on philanthropy by Paul Woodruff( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In giving to charity, should we strive to do the greatest good or promote a lesser good that we care more about? On such issues, ethical theory can have momentous practical effects. This volume is a unique collection of new papers on philanthropy from a range of philosophical perspectives. The authors are among the best-regarded philosophers writing on ethics today and include a number of thinkers who have not previously published on the subject. Most recently published work by philosophers on charitable giving tends to support what is called effective altruism-doing the most good you can. In practice, however, charitable giving is often local and relatively ineffective, supporting causes dear to the givers' hearts. Are ineffective givers doing wrong or merely doing less praiseworthy work than they might? This volume includes at least three challenges to the effective altruism movement, as well as two chapters that defend it against the gathering tide of objections. Most thinkers who align with utilitarianism support effective altruism, and some other perspectives do as well. But the ideal of personal integrity can push the other way. So can justice-based theories of giving: perhaps I could do the most good by stealing and giving to the poor, but that would be unjust. In the most important cases, however, justice leads to the same result as effective altruism. Other theories give different results. The authors represent include intuitionism, virtue ethics, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, theory of justice, and the ideal of personal integrity." --
Oedipus the King by Sophocle( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Meineck and Paul Woodruff’s collaboration on this new translation combines the strengths that have recently distinguished both as translators of Greek tragedy: expert knowledge of the Greek and of the needs of the teaching classicist, intimate knowledge of theatre, and an excellent ear for the spoken word. Their Oedipus Tyrannus features foot-of-the-page notes, an Introduction, stage directions and a translation characterized by its clarity, accuracy, and power
Two comic dialogues by Plato( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Reverence : renewing a forgotten virtue
Reason and religion in Socratic philosophyFirst democracy : the challenge of an ancient ideaThe Ajax dilemma : justice, fairness, and rewardsThe necessity of theater : the art of watching and being watchedSymposiumHippias majorEarly Greek political thought from Homer to the sophistsFacing evil : light at the core of darkness
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Paul Woodruff American philosopher

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Woodruff, Paul B.

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Woodruff, Paul Bestor

Woodruff, Paul Bestor 1943-

بول ودروف فيلسوف أمريكي

우드러프, 폴 1943-

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