Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics

Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics

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by Reinhold Niebuhr, Robin W. Lovin, Langdon Brown Gilkey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0664224741

ISBN-13: 9780664224745

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

Arguably his most famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society is Reinhold Niebuhr's important early study (1932) in ethics and politics. Widely read and continually relevant, this book marked Niebuhr's decisive break from progressive religion and politics toward a more deeply tragic view of human nature and history. Forthright and realistic, Moral Man and

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Arguably his most famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society is Reinhold Niebuhr's important early study (1932) in ethics and politics. Widely read and continually relevant, this book marked Niebuhr's decisive break from progressive religion and politics toward a more deeply tragic view of human nature and history. Forthright and realistic, Moral Man and Immoral Society argues that individual morality is intrinsically incompatible with collective life, thus making social and political conflict inevitable. Niebuhr further discusses our inability to imagine the realities of collective power; the brutal behavior of human collectives of every sort; and, ultimately, how individual morality can mitigate the persistence of social immorality.

This new edition includes a foreword by Cornel West that explores the continued interest in Niebuhr's thought and its contemporary relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664224745
Publisher:
Presbyterian Pub Corp
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Library of Theological Ethics Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Introductionix
Introductionxi
Preface to the 1960 Editionxxiii
Introductionxxv
I.Man and Society: The Art of Living Together1
II.The Rational Resources of the Individual for Social Living23
III.The Religious Resources of the Individual for Social Living51
IV.The Morality of Nations83
V.The Ethical Attitudes of Privileged Classes113
VI.The Ethical Attitudes of the Proletarian Class142
VII.Justice through Revolution169
VIII.Justice through Political Force200
IX.The Preservation of Moral Values in Politics231
X.The Conflict between Individual and Social Morality257
Index279

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Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Niebuhr really does a great discussion of so many relevant social and political issues important to society in this day. Great reading to really start thinking...