The Constant Dialogue: Reinhold Niebuhr and American Intellectual Culture
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The Constant Dialogue: Reinhold Niebuhr and American Intellectual Culture

  • Publish Date: 2005-10-06
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Martin Halliwell

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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 the conservative drift of his religious beliefs. Halliwell concentrates particularly on his attempts to justify the role of the religious critic in a secular age by tracing his thought back to European and American traditions of religious individualism. 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 public intellectuals such as John Dewey, Paul Tillich, W. H. Auden, George Kennan, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In doing so, the book reassesses the role of dialogue in Reinhold Niebuhr's thought and the important contributions that Reinhold Niebuhr made to twentieth century American culture.


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