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Woodruff, Paul 1943-

Works: 52 works in 248 publications in 1 language and 13,133 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Drama  Educational films  Internet videos  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Bibliography  Graphic novels  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other
Classifications: B385.A5, 184
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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( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,080 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
First democracy : the challenge of an ancient idea by Paul Woodruff( Book )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 822 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 necessity of theater : the art of watching and being watched by Paul Woodruff( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 745 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
Hippias major by Plato( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symposium by Plato( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 684 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. "A fantastic book. Translation is graceful and elegant yet uncannily accurate. Footnotes very useful, espe
Early Greek political thought from Homer to the sophists( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 503 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."
The Ajax dilemma : justice, fairness, and rewards by Paul Woodruff( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 448 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
Facing evil : light at the core of darkness( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reason and religion in Socratic philosophy by Nicholas D Smith( Book )

16 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 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
On justice, power, and human nature : the essence of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 331 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
Loyalty by Sanford Levinson( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 270 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
Two comic dialogues by Plato( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four tragedies by Sophocles( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meineck and Woodruff's new annotated translations of Sophocles' Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philoctetes combine the same standards of accuracy, concision, clarity, and powerful speech that have so often made their Theban Plays a source of epiphany in the classroom and of understanding in the theatre
The Electra plays by Aeschylus( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Meineck is Clinical Assistant Professor of Classics, New York University, and Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre Company. Cecelia Eaton Luschnig is Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Idaho. Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas at Austin. Justina Gregory is Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures, Smith College
Electra ; Phoenician women ; Bacchae ; Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four late plays of Euripides collected here, in beautifully crafted translations by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig and Paul Woodruff, offer a faithful and dynamic representation of the playwright's mature vision. Cecelia Eaton Luschnig is Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Idaho, and author of An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Second Edition (Hackett 2007). Paul Woodruff is Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society, and Professor of Classics, University of Texas at Austin
Now with Bill Moyers Paul Woodruff on reverence( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The capacity for awe in the face of the transcendent: that is how Paul Woodruff, one of America's foremost interpreters of Plato and other venerable thinkers of ancient Greece, defines reverence. In this program, Bill Moyers and the author of Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue examine this crucial yet frequently misunderstood and misapplied concept and its implications for the world today. Topics include the nature of the transcendent, hubris versus humility, the reciprocal relationship between justice and reverence, tyranny and terrorism as failures of reverence, the vital link between reverence and politics, and the surprising realization that religion is not always reverent
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Reverence : renewing a forgotten virtue
Alternative Names
Paul Woodruff American philosopher

Paul Woodruff Amerikaans filosoof

Woodruff, Paul B.

Woodruff, Paul B. 1943-

Woodruff, Paul Bestor

Woodruff, Paul Bestor 1943-

English (182)

First democracy : the challenge of an ancient ideaThe necessity of theater : the art of watching and being watchedHippias majorSymposiumEarly Greek political thought from Homer to the sophistsThe Ajax dilemma : justice, fairness, and rewardsFacing evil : light at the core of darknessReason and religion in Socratic philosophy