Item #15912 Moral Man and Immoral Society : A Study in Ethics and Politics. Reinhold Niebuhr.
Moral Man and Immoral Society : A Study in Ethics and Politics
Moral Man and Immoral Society : A Study in Ethics and Politics

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

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.

First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good+ with no dust jacket. Item #15912

Spine sunned, ink blots on top edge and top margins, owner's signature, light cock, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; "Niebuhr couched his ideas in Christ-centered principles such as the Great Commandment and the doctrine of original sin. His major contribution was his view of sin as a social event - as pride - with selfish self-centeredness as the root of evil. The sin of pride was apparent not just in criminals, but more dangerously in people who felt good about their deeds - rather like Henry Ford (whom he did not mention by name). The human tendency to corrupt the good was the great insight he saw manifested in governments, business, democracies, utopian societies, and churches. This position is laid out profoundly in one of his most influential books, Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932). He was a debunker of hypocrisy and pretense and made the avoidance of self-righteous illusions the center of his thoughts." - Wikipedia. First Edition, First Printing of this influential work of American Reformed Protestant theology and modern philosophy. "Summary: 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." ; xxv, 284 pages.

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