God, State and Self
By (author) Jean Bethke Elshtain
Sovereignty by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Book DescriptionThroughout 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465037599
(236mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jean Bethke Elshtain
Sovereignty, Paperback (April 2012)
"A provocative, counter-culture narrative of Western political thought...an invigorating book, brimming with erudition and discernment."--Times Literary Supplement(London)
Impact of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy, Hardback (December 2009)
The Impact of 9-11 on Religion and Philosophy is the sixth volume of the six-volume series The Day that Changed Everything? edited by Matthew J. Morgan. This volume features a foreword by John Esposito and contributors include Jean Bethke Elshtain, Philip Yancey, John Milbank, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, John Cobb and Martin Cook.
Biotechnology and the Human Good, Paperback (April 2007)
Recognize humans not as autonomous beings but as ones accountable to each other, to the world they live in, and to God. Drawing on the thought of a physician, ethicists, and a theologian, this title reminds us that although technology is a powerful tool, it is what lies in the heart and soul of who wields this tool that truly makes the difference.
Just War Against Terror, Paperback (July 2004)» View all books by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Inspired by the surge in global terrorism and violence, one of America's foremost political philosophers mounts an impassioned defense of "just war" against terror
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Author Biography - Jean Bethke Elshtain
Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of "Just War Against Terror" and "Democracy on Trial," among other books. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.
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