Un realismo domato. Cristianesimo e politica nel pensiero di Reinhold Niebuhr

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During the twentieth century the protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr was an important public intellectual. From the Thirties until the Sixties he wrote numerous historical, theological and political works, and was a tireless polemicist and animator of some journals. Not only has he influenced the development of American politics but also he has inspired the reflections of some authors of classical realism in IR. This essay analyses the inextricable and fertile relationship between politics and religion in Niebuhr’s theory. Rejecting both sentimental idealism and cynical realism he argued a “Christian realism” in which the legacy of St. Augustine’s thought was strong. Through his tamed realism, that was based on the Christian view of human nature and history, Niebuhr analysed and judged national and international politics of the United States. In this way, he offered a prophetic world order vision that is probably still valid today.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] A tame realism. Christianity and politics in Reinhold Niebuhr's thought
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)103-114
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013


  • Christian Realism
  • Filosofia politica
  • International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Political Philosophy
  • Realism
  • Realismo
  • Realismo cristiano
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Relazioni Internazionali
  • Teoria delle Relazioni Internazionali


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