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Elshtain, Jean Bethke 1941-2013

Works: 177 works in 542 publications in 6 languages and 25,013 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Software  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides 
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
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 Undetermined and held by 1,600 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
Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy : a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,438 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 "liveral," 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 )

41 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,406 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
Democracy on trial by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,144 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 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1922 and 1992 in English and held by 771 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
One electorate under God? : a dialogue on religion and American politics( Book )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 714 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
Religion in American public life : living with our deepest differences by Azizah al-Hibri( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What role should religion play in business and corporate governance, not-for-profit organizations, academia, citizen action, and science and technology?"--Jacket
Augustine and the limits of politics by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 628 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
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

Sovereignty : God, state, and self by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 580 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
Real politics : at the center of everyday life by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the center of Elshtain's work is a passionate concern with the relationship between political rhetoric and political action. For Elshtain, politics is a sphere of concrete responsibility. Political speech should, therefore, approach the richness of actual lives and commitments rather than present impossible utopias. Elshtain finds in the writings of Vaclav Havel, Hannah Arendt, and Albert Camus a language appropriate to the complexity of everyday life and politics, and in her essays she critiques philosophers and writers who distance us from a concrete, embodied world. She argues against those repressive strains within contemporary feminism which insist that families and even sexual differentiation are inherently oppressive. Along the way, she challenges an ideology of victimization that too often loses sight of individual victims in its pursuit of abstract goals
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 570 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
Women, militarism, and war : essays in history, politics, and social theory( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just war theory( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long before the 'shock and awe' campaign against Iraq in March 2003, debates swarmed around the justifications of the U.S.-led war to depose Saddam Hussein. While George W. Bush's administration declared a just war of necessity, opponents charged that it was a war of choice, and even opportunism. Behind the rhetoric lie vital questions: when is war just, and what means are acceptable even in the course of a just war? Originally published in 1991, in the wake of the first war against Iraq, Just War Theory explores this essential dilemma. With a new preface by the editor, the essays in this indispensable collection move beyond the theoretical origins of just war theory to examine issues faced by military strategists, politicians, social theorists, and anyone concerned with the provocations and costs of military action. Popular wisdom once claimed that notions of just war would become obsolete with the onset of 'total warfare, ' characterized by attacks on civilians and undiscriminating weapons of mass destruction. While the last decade has been ripe with brutality, just war theory is more critical than ever to the future of international relations and public discourse. This readable collection is an invaluable introduction to the debate"--Publisher description
New wine and old bottles : international politics and ethical discourse by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She shows the ways in which the historic understanding of sovereignty was deeply dependent on theological concepts, and demonstrates that much of contemporary life is marked by the mapping of concepts of sovereignty onto our understanding, not just of states but of persons
The Jane Addams reader by Jane Addams( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 522 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
On liberty by John Stuart Mill( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and war by Jean Bethke Elshtain( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Elshtain examines how the myths of Man as "Just Warrior" and Woman as "Beautiful Soul" serve to recreate and secure women's social position as noncombatants and men's identity as warriors. Elshtain demonstrates how these myths are undermined by the reality of female bellicosity and sacrificial male love, as well as the moral imperatives of just wars
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Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy : a life
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

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

Jean Bethke Elshtain Amerikaans filosofe (1941-2013)

Jean Bethke Elshtain US-amerikanische Philosophin und Politikwissenschaftlerin

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




Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy : a lifePublic man, private woman : women in social and political thoughtDemocracy on trialBut was it just? : reflections on the morality of the Persian Gulf WarOne electorate under God? : a dialogue on religion and American politicsPromises to keep : decline and renewal of marriage in AmericaReligion in American public life : living with our deepest differencesAugustine and the limits of politics