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Wattle surveys the history of the golden rule and its spectrum of meanings in diverse contexts, ranging from Confucius to Plato and Aristotle, from classical Jewish literature to the New Testament. Wattles explores the use of the rule by some early 20th century American leaders and examines various psychological theories about the imaginative role reversal the rule suggests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195110364
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

As a student, Jeffrey Wattles abandoned religion in favor of analytic philosophy and Nietzsche's existentialism only to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus. As Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Kent State University, he teaches his students how to integrate scientific, philosophic, and religious perspectives.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Golden Rule - One or Many, Gold or Glitter? 3
2 A Confucian Path from Conscientiousness to Spontaneity 15
3 From Greek Reciprocity to Cosmopolitan Idealism 27
4 A Jewish Rule of Wisdom 42
5 A New Testament Rule of Divine Love 52
6 A Theological Principle 68
7 Modern Objections and Responses: From the Religious to the Secular 77
8 The Golden Rule of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man 90
9 In the Other Person's Shoes 105
10 A Principle of Consistency in Moral Decision Making 122
11 A Principle of Sensitivity and Respect 141
12 Twentieth-Century Religious Interpretations 155
13 The Golden Rule in a Philosophy of Morality 165
14 Religious Dimensions of the Golden Rule 182
Notes 191
Bibliography 237
Index 249
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