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The Golden Rule
In an age plagued by selfishness, materialism, and violence, ethicists feel impelled to find a universal system of values. To arrive at such a "rule" requires that they struggle with a series of seemingly irreconcilable questions. First, are universal values possible in a pluralistic world, and how does one do justice to both human equality and to individual and cultural d ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1996)
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Wattles provides a history of the golden rule, highlighting its various cross-cultural iterations. Generally, “approximately,” he states, the golden rule is, “Do to others as you want others to do to you.” Wattles’ account details how this seemingly simple statement has been subject to multiple interpretations and debate. In essence, the rule for Wattles requires that one imagine oneself from the perspective of the other, which places a check on one’s actions. We are required to do this because ...more
This book's analysis of the history and meaning of the golden rule is thorough and insightful. The book shows that the idea expressed by the golden rule is widespread and cross-cultural, is not simplistic, is not tied to any particular religion, and has been affirmed in both religious and non-religious contexts. The book concludes that the golden rule "is a nontheologic principle" and is "an expression of human kinship, the most fundamental truth underlying morality." I highly recommend this boo ...more