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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics$
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Richard Harries and Stephen Platten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001

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Realism and Progress

Realism and Progress

Niebuhr's Thought and Contemporary Challenges

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(p.169) 12 Realism and Progress
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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics
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Anatol Lieven

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0013

This chapter examines the tension between realists and progressives in American policy. It argues that Niebuhr's approach is still needed to avoid a triumphalist moralism on the one hand, and an inadequate realism on the other.

Keywords:   Reinhold Niebuhr, progressives, triumphalist moralism, realism

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