In this important new work, Martin Halliwell focuses on the tensions between the two dimensions of Reinhold Niebuhr's thought: his political role as a radical social critic and his conservative and largely private belief in the values of neo-orthodox Christianity. In order to better examine Niebuhr's philosophy, Halliwell positions him in a series of debates on political, religious, ethical, and cultural themes with other eminent intellectuals. In doing so, Halliwell reassesses the important contributions that Reinhold Niebuhr made to twentieth century American culture.
Martin Halliwell is professor of American studies at the University of Leicester. He is the author of four previous books: Romantic Science and the Experience of Self, Modernism and Morality, Critical Humanisms, and Images of Idiocy.
Introduction: Niebuhr and American Intellectual Culture Part I: The Intellectual Family: Pragmatism, Religion and Ethics, 1910s-1940s Chapter 1: "Half-Truths Set Against Half-Truths": James and Niebuhr Chapter 2: A Certain Blindness to Liberalism: Dewey and Niebuhr Chapter 3: Crossing the Invisible Boundary: Tillich and Niebuhr Chapter 4: "Soldiers in the Same Division": The Niebuhr Brothers Part II: Wider Dialogues: Cultural, National and Political Identity, 1940s-1970s Chapter 5: "Digging About in the Slime": Niebuhr and American Psychoanalysis Chapter 6: The Myths and Dramas of History: Niebuhr and Postwar Culture Chapter 7: "The Achilles' Heel of Democracy": Niebuhr and US Foreign Policy Chapter 8: The New Face of Love: Niebuhr and the Civil Rights Movement Conclusion: Niebuhr and the Search for Leadership