Posthumously issued, this volume consists of material taken
directly from the ??Robertson Lectures, delivered at the University
of Glasgow in 1960 by the late professor of theology at the Yale
Divinity School. Their issue is briefly accounted for in a preface
by Professor: Niebuhr's son, and their theme is placed in its
setting in the development of his thought by his junior colleague,
James Gustafson. Additional material on the theme is appended from
the Earl Lectures. Niebuhr had looked forward to his retirement
from teaching as the time for drawing together in definitive form
the long-matured reflection and thought which had taken shape
through his years of distinguished teaching and scholarship. This
hope was denied by his death; there is, therefore, the more reason
for gratitude for the issue of this volume which, in admittedly
incomplete form, brings some of the strands of that thought
together. (Kirkus Reviews)
"The Responsible Self" was H. Richard Niebuhr's most important
work in Christian ethics. In it he probes the most fundamental
character of the moral life and it stands today as a landmark
contribution to the field.
The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it
means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection
of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible
form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with
predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.
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