The Giving Tree: A Symposium

May, William F.; Kass, Amy A.; Gellman, Marc; Decter, Midge; Meilaender, Gilbert; Glendon, Mary Ann; Werpehowski, William; Fuller, Timothy; Kass, Leon R.; Jackson, Timothy P.; Elshtain, Jean Bethke; Neuhaus, Richard John
January 1995
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Jan1995, Issue 49, p22
Presents the text of the short story "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein and the varied responses to the text by the members of the Symposium on "The Ethics of Everyday Life," sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life. Contrary interpretations presented by the story according to William F. May, ethics professor at Southern Methodist University; Concept of selfless giving depicted in the story according to rabbi Marc Gellman of Temple Beth Torah in Dix Hills, New York; Benefits of reading the story to children according to Leon R. Kass, professor at the College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.


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