Moral Man and Immoral Society (Paper)

A Study in Ethics and Politics

  • 9780664266356
  • 6 x 9
  • 320
  • 100.00
  • Paper
  • 0664266355
  • 1/26/2021
  • 3-5 days processing
$ 44.00


One of the theological classics of the twentieth century, Niebuhr’s Moral Man and Immoral Society argues that using moral persuasion and shaming to affect the behavior of such collectives as corporations and nation states is fruitless, as these groups will inevitably seek to promote only their self-interest. He calls for a realistic assessment of group behavior and enumerates how individual morality can mitigate social immorality.

This edition includes a foreword by Cornel West that explores the continued interest in Niebuhr’s thought and its contemporary relevance.



This isn’t a new book, but it’s a very important one — arguably, even more important right now. Moral Man and Immoral Society attempts to explain why individuals can be good, but once they’re clustered together into groups, societies can commit terrible actions. In my opinion, it should be required reading, if only as a reminder not to lose hope in humanity. And after the recent Supreme Court decision(s), isn’t that something we all need? – Jason Mott, Author of Hell of a Book

You May Also Be Interested In...

Old Testament Ethics
God and the Crisis of Freedom
Our Mother Saint Paul
The Way of the Lord
The Bible and the Moral Life
Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism
The Betrayal of God
Can I Get a Witness?
Challenging Prophetic Metaphor
New Testament Theology
Sign up to learn about new releases and other updates from WJK