The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule, published by Oxford University Press, shows the life in the most widespread moral teaching in the world. Variously expressed and interpreted, the golden rule, “Do to others as you want others to do to you” is a one-sentence philosophy of living. This principle has acquired a wealth of meanings as different cultures and academic disciplines have applied the rule to the problems that interested them. This book includes chapters on Confucianism, ancient Greek culture, classical Judaism, the New Testament; and philosophy, psychology, and religion.

Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, forthcoming next summer at Cascade Books, fills a surprising gap. Philosophy, religion, and spirituality all need a well-developed philosophy of living centered on these values, but it is nowhere to be found–yet.

A seven-fold path to love is laid out by chapters on science, philosophy, spiritual experience, the beauties of nature, artistic living, morality, and character. Each chapter features a person whose world-class virtues illustrate qualities that we can acquire on a level that is reasonable for us and apply in daily life: Darwin, Socrates, Jesus, John Muir, Bach, Albert Schweitzer, Jane Addams, and Pitirim Sorokin. The chapters also relate stories from the experience of author and his students. The book expresses for the general reader the harvest of a career dedicated to this integrated cluster of themes.