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Golden Rule

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The Golden Rule—'do to others as you would have them do to you', 'what is hateful to you to your fellow don't do', to take the two most familiar formulations—defines a meeting place for many fields of learning. There the study of comparative religion, philosophy and ethics, anthropology and sociology, and the whole range of cross-cultural studies carried on in the social sciences and the humanities intersect. That hardly presents a surprise, since the Golden Rule finds a place in most religions and is universally...
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Overview

The Golden Rule—'do to others as you would have them do to you', 'what is hateful to you to your fellow don't do', to take the two most familiar formulations—defines a meeting place for many fields of learning. There the study of comparative religion, philosophy and ethics, anthropology and sociology, and the whole range of cross-cultural studies carried on in the social sciences and the humanities intersect. That hardly presents a surprise, since the Golden Rule finds a place in most religions and is universally acknowledged to form a part of the shared heritage of human wisdom. But if it is one thing on which religions concur, that does not mean the Golden Rule is simple or self-evident. Its ubiquity presents us with tough questions of context and difficult problems of content. Both the Golden Rule itself and how it attests to the human condition demand study. Defining the rule and explaining its universality in religion and culture require attention. The role of the Golden Rule in various systems of thought, both religious and philosophical, invites study. How the logic of a given system interprets the Golden Rule demands analysis. Objective data deriving from empirical study of nature and society deserve close examination. Specialists in a wide range of disciplines have a contribution to make out of their particular disciplines and areas of expert knowledge.
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Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He holds nine honorary degrees and fourteen academic medals and other awards and has published more than a thousand books. Bruce Chilton is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard College, Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, and Rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist. His books include: Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography, Mary Magdalene, Abraham's Curse, and The Cambridge Companion to the Bible.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 William Scott Green, University of Miami: Parsing Reciprocity: Questions for the Golden Rule Chapter 2 Robert M. Berchman, Dowling College: The Golden Rule in Graeco-Roman Religion and Philosophy [1] Chapter 3 Robert M. Berchman, Dowing College: The Golden Rule in Graeco-Roman Religion and Philsophy [2] Chapter 4 Daniel Berthold, Bard College: The Golden Rule in Kant and Utilitarianism Chapter 5 Jeffrey Wattles, Kent State University: Philosophical Reflections on the Golden Rule Chapter 6 David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University: The Golden Rules of Religion Chapter 7 Harry J. Gensler, S.J., John Carroll University: Gold or Fool's Gold? Ridding the Golden Rule of Absurd Implications Chapter 8 Christopher Boehm, University of Southern California: How the Golden Rule Can Lead to Reproductive Success: A New Selection Basis for Alexander's "Indirect Reciprocity." Chapter 9 Stephen G. Post, Case Western Reserve University: The Golden Rule in its Idealistic Formulation: Benefits for the Moral Agent
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