Reinhold Niebuhr's Paradox

Reinhold Niebuhr's Paradox : Paralysis, Violence, and Pragmatism

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We are caught between tendencies toward moral paralysis and postures of violence, with their intellectual birthing grounds reflected even among those who consciously seek to avoid them. Reinhold Niebuhr's paradoxical conception of the self, and his defense of traditional Christian convictions in this light, opens the door to a deeper understanding of the problem as well as its potential solution.
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  • Hardback | 124 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739139606
  • 9780739139608

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The New Pragmatists Chapter 2: Paradox and Pragmatism Chapter 3: Pragmatism and Tradition Chapter 4: Violence and Despair Chapter 5: Love Conclusion
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Review quote

Today's liberals have begun to doubt their own relativism, but they do not know how to hold convictions without becoming fundamentalists. In Reinhold Niebuhr's Paradox, Daniel Malotky gives new life to a way of thinking that has room for commitment and compromise. This is a way forward that many of us have been seeking, both personally and politically. -- Robin W. Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University Drawing deeply upon the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr, Malotky finds postmodern humanity in the midst of the perpetually unique struggle between the universal and the particular. We all strain for unconditionality, each from her or his own place, time, and tradition. Putting this vividly paradoxical understanding of the human condition in dialogue with contemporary expressions of liberalism and conservatism, Malotky is able to illumine the contours of our present social situation, and to offer pathways toward new possibilities for the future. This is a book on philosophy, politics, and theology; scholars from each of these fields would do well to pay attention to the analysis it contains. -- Kevin Carnahan, Central Methodist University
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About Daniel Malotky

Daniel Malotky is the professor of religion and philosophy at Greensboro College.
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