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Elshtain, Jean Bethke 1941-2013

Works: 191 works in 588 publications in 6 languages and 25,878 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides  Software 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Speaker
Classifications: JC585, 323.44
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Most widely held works by Jean Bethke Elshtain
One electorate under God? : a dialogue on religion and American politics by E. J Dionne( )

18 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just war against terror : the burden of American power in a violent world by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 2,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elshtain (social and political ethics, U. of Chicago) makes a case for the use of military force to combat terrorism. Aimed at political scientists and the interested general reader, the text begins with an analysis of the meanings embedded in the different ways in which the terrorist attacks of September 11 have been described. Other topics include the requirements for a "just war," the responses of academics and clerics to terrorism, and the responsibility of the United States to defend its ideals
On liberty by John Stuart Mill( )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy : a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this ... interpretation of the life and work of quintessential "public intellectual" Jane Addams (1860-1935), [the author] explores Addams's legacy thematically and chronologically, recounting Addams's embrace of "social feminism," her challenge to the usual cleavage between "conservative" and "liberal," and the growth of Chicago's famed Hull House into a thriving cultural and intellectual center.-Back cover
Public man, private woman : women in social and political thought by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

46 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the Western philosophical tradition and the work of contemporary feminists, Jean Elshtain explores the general tendency to assert the primacy of the public world--the political sphere dominated by men--and to denigrate the private world--the familial sphere dominated by women. She offers her own positive reconstruction of the public and the private in a feminist theory that reaffirms the importance of the family and envisions an ethical polity
Sovereignty : God, state, and self by Jean Bethke Elshtain( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, sovereignty has cut across the diverse realms of theology, political thought, and psychology. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, the debates about sovereignty--complete independence and self-government--have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, leading scholar and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of "sovereignty" as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. Examining the early modern ideas of God which formed the basis for the modern sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research from theology and philosophy into psychology, showing that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self. As the basis of sovereign power shifts from God, to the state, to the self, Elshtain uncovers startling realities often hidden from view. Her thesis consists in nothing less than a thorough-going rethinking of our intellectual history through its keystone concept. The culmination of over thirty years of critically applauded work in feminism, international relations, political thought, and religion, "Sovereignty" opens new ground for our understanding of our own culture, its past, present, and future
New wine and old bottles : international politics and ethical discourse by Jean Bethke Elshtain( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the years, many experts predicted confidently that the power of nationalism would abate as "rationalism" and "internationalism" spread. Elshtain explains why this prediction was flawed and accounts for the emergence of today's "new nationalism," the political passion of our time. She asks, Knowing the terrible cost of nationalistic excess, is there a defensible version of national identity and loyalty? With the late Sir Isaiah Berlin, Elshtain argues "yes." In her provocative epilogue, Elshtain asks whether there is room for forgiveness in international politics, and concludes on the speculative and hopeful note that ways might be found to break repetitive cycles of vengeance
Democracy on trial by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even as Russia and the other former Soviet republics struggle to redefine themselves in democratic terms, our own democracy is faltering, not flourishing. We confront one another as aggrieved groups rather than as free citizens. Cynicism, boredom, apathy, despair, violence - these have become coin of the civic realm. They are dark signs of the times and a warning that democracy may not be up to the task of satisfying the yearnings it unleashes - yearnings for freedom, fairness, and equality. In this timely, thought-provoking book, one of America's leading political philosophers and public intellectuals questions whether democracy will prove sufficiently robust and resilient to survive the century. Beginning with a catalogue of our discontents, Jean Bethke Elshtain asks what has gone wrong and why. She draws on examples from America and other parts of the world as she explores the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender identity - controversial, and essential, political issues of our day. Insisting that there is much to cherish in our democratic traditions, she concludes that democracy involves a permanent clash between conservatism and progressive change. Elshtain distinguishes her own position from those of both the Left and the Right, demonstrating why she has been called one of our most interesting and independent civic thinkers. Responding to critics of democracy, ancient and modern, Elshtain urges us to have the courage of our most authentic democratic convictions. We need, she insists, both hope and a sense of reality. Writing her book for citizens, not experts, Elshtain aims to open up a dialogue and to move us beyond sterile sectarian disputes. Democracy on Trial is a book of and for these times, but one that both links us to the past and looks forward to a brave democratic future, for ourselves and our posterity. Written in what one critic has called "Elshtain's bold, idiosyncratic style," this book cannot be pigeonholed ideologically. Democracy on Trial will generate wide debate and controversy
The Family in political thought by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

24 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Promises to keep : decline and renewal of marriage in America( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by prominent lawyers, theologians, social scientists, policy makers, and activists examines the reasons why the once-treasured institution of marriage has been steadily displaced by a culture of divorce and unwed parenthood in the United States of America
Politics and the human body : assault on dignity( )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

But was it just? : reflections on the morality of the Persian Gulf War( Book )

9 editions published between 1922 and 1992 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Value of oil in weighing whether to fight or not? But Was It Just? is an ethical primer in which the leading thinkers of our time on matters of war and peace take up these questions and more. In a style both popular and substantive, they explore the morality of the Gulf War in light of the centuries-old just war tradition; of political analysis; and of personal experience and conviction. Michael Walzer, author of Just and Unjust Wars, makes the case for the war's
Religion in American public life : living with our deepest differences by Azizah al-Hibri( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In America's ever more diverse society, questions of belief show up with increasing frequency in schools, voluntary associations, town meetings, and the marketplace. Religion in American Public Life explores from several perspectives how the many different voices can be heard, and managed, in the public square. Among the specific issues discussed by the contributors are: How should we address religion in public education? How should the First Amendment guarantees apply to current controversies concerning religion in public life? Should state-religious institution partnerships be encouraged? How should we live with our differences on such issues as sexual orientation, abortion, and physician-assisted suicide?
Augustine and the limits of politics by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

20 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is our business "within this common mortal life?" Augustine asks and bids us to ask ourselves. What can Augustine possibly have to say about the conditions that characterize our contemporary society and appear to put democracy in crisis? Who is Augustine for us now and what do his words have to do with political theory? These are the underlying questions that animate Jean Bethke Elshtain's fascinating engagement with the thought and work of Augustine, the ancient thinker who gave no political theory per se and refused to offer up a positive utopia. In exploring the questions, Why Augustine? Why now? Elshtain brings Augustine's thought into the contemporary political arena and presents an Augustine who created a complex moral map that offers space for loyalty, love, and care, as well as a chastened form of civic virtue. The result is a controversial book about one of the world's greatest and more complex thinkers, one whose thought continues to haunt all of Western political philosophy."--Jacket
The Jane Addams reader by Jane Addams( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique collection of writings by the great social reformer-edited by the author of Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy-reveals the essential Jane Addams
Meditations on modern political thought : masculine/feminine themes from Luther to Arendt by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women, militarism, and war : essays in history, politics, and social theory( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who are we? : critical reflections and hopeful possibilities by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when many despair of modern culture, this volume offers hope. Jean Bethke Elshtain, one of America's leading public intellectuals, finds amid the tensions and tragedies of our turn-of-the-century society pointers for recovering the life-affirming essence of what it means to be human." "This challenging volume is at once a work of political analysis, cultural criticism, and theological engagement. Elshtain explores the true meaning of personhood, examines the dynamics of both pride and sloth, and exposes the internal and external trappings that easily lead us to forget how to be faithful to something other than ourselves. With the help of Christian exemplars drawn from history and in dialogue with such figures as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Pope John Paul II, she shows the renewing role of faithfulness and hopefulness in contemporary life."--Jacket
Real politics : at the center of everyday life by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elshtain reaffirms the quirky and by no means simple pleasures of small-town life as a microcosm of the human condition as she considers the current crisis in American education and its consequences for democracy. Beyond exploring the details of political life over the past two decades, Real Politics advocates a via media politics that avoids unacceptable extremes and serves as a model for responsible political discourse. Throughout her diverse and insightful writings, Elshtain champions a civic philosophy that regards the dignity of everyday life as a democratic imperative of the first order
Power trips and other journeys : essays in feminism as civic discourse by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Just war against terror : the burden of American power in a violent world
Just war against terror : the burden of American power in a violent worldOn libertyJane Addams and the dream of American democracy : a lifePublic man, private woman : women in social and political thoughtSovereignty : God, state, and selfDemocracy on trialPromises to keep : decline and renewal of marriage in AmericaPolitics and the human body : assault on dignity
Alternative Names
Bethke Elshtain, Jean

Bethke Elshtain, Jean 1941-2013

Bethke, Jean Elshtain

Elshtain, J. B. 1941-2013

Elshtain, Jean 1941-2013

Elshtain, Jean B. 1941-2013

Elshtain, Jean Bethke

Elshtain, Jean Bethke, 1941-

Jean Bethke Elshtain American ethicist, political philosopher, and public intellectual

Jean Bethke Elshtain Amerikaans filosofe (1941-2013)

Jean Bethke Elshtain filósofa e intelectual estadounidense

Jean Bethke Elshtain US-amerikanische Philosophin und Politikwissenschaftlerin

Jean Bethke Elshtain usona filozofino kaj politikistino

جین بتکه الشتین فیلسوف آمریکایی

엘슈테인, 진 베스키 1941-2013

엘시테인, 진 베스키 1941-2013

エルシュテイン, J. B.

エルシュテイン, ジーン・ベスキー