Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

Writings on Democracy, Social Justice, and Religion

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

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Moral Man and Immoral Society is Reinhold Niebuhr’s important early study in ethics and politics. Forthright and realistic, it discusses the inevitability of social conflict, the brutal behavior of human collectives of every sort, the inability of rationalists and social scientists to even imagine the realities of collective power, and, ultimately, how individual morality can overcome social immorality.