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

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664235390
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 390,978
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an ethicist, theologian, and political philosopher who taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York from 1928 to 1960. He was the author of many books, including The Nature and Destiny of Man.
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Table of Contents

General Editors' Introduction
Introduction
Preface to the 1960 Edition
Introduction
I Man and Society: The Art of Living Together 1
II The Rational Resources of the Individual for Social Living 23
III The Religious Resources of the Individual for Social Living 51
IV The Morality of Nations 83
V The Ethical Attitudes of Privileged Classes 113
VI The Ethical Attitudes of the Proletarian Class 142
VII Justice through Revolution 169
VIII Justice through Political Force 200
IX The Preservation of Moral Values in Politics 231
X The Conflict between Individual and Social Morality 257
Index 279
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