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978-0-7391-3960-8 • Hardback • December 2011 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-0-7391-3962-2 • eBook • December 2011 • $90.00 • (£69.00)
Daniel Malotky is the professor of religion and philosophy at Greensboro College.
Chapter 1: The New Pragmatists
Chapter 2: Paradox and Pragmatism
Chapter 3: Pragmatism and Tradition
Chapter 4: Violence and Despair
Chapter 5: Love
Today’s liberals have begun to doubt their own relativism, but they do not know how to hold convictions without becoming fundamentalists. In Reinhold Niebuhr’s Paradox, Daniel Malotky gives new life to a way of thinking that has room for commitment and compromise. This is a way forward that many of us have been seeking, both personally and politically.
— Robin W. Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University
Drawing deeply upon the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr, Malotky finds postmodern humanity in the midst of the perpetually unique struggle between the universal and the particular. We all strain for unconditionality, each from her or his own place, time, and tradition. Putting this vividly paradoxical understanding of the human condition in dialogue with contemporary expressions of liberalism and conservatism, Malotky is able to illumine the contours of our present social situation, and to offer pathways toward new possibilities for the future. This is a book on philosophy, politics, and theology; scholars from each of these fields would do well to pay attention to the analysis it contains.
— Kevin Carnahan, Central Methodist University