Reinhold Niebuhr's Paradox: Groundwork for Social Responsibility

Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (1):121-123 (2003)

This paper is an examination of Reinhold Niebuhr's embrace of the paradoxical in relation to his conception of the self. While it explores the theoretical and practical difficulties entailed in Niebuhr's account, it also seeks to defend his position, suggesting that in the light of Niebuhr's negative apologetic, the paradoxical self represents the only intelligible means of self-understanding available. Though Niebuhr never develops this epistemological ground, it may provide a way of avoiding the moral consequentialism to which Niebuhr appears to be resigned. The resulting framework points toward moral pragmatism, retaining its orientation and relevance in the midst of deliberations concerning means and ends
Keywords self  Reinhold Niebuhr  paradox  epistemology  pragmatism  freedom
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9795.00124
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