"Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love": First Edition of Reinhold Niebuhr's classic work Moral Man and Immoral Society
Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics.
Item Number: 5809
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear to the extremities. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Arguably his most famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society is Reinhold Niebuhr's important early study 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 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.