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United States, 1941 - 2013
Catholic political philosopher

Jean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke Elshtain was Professor in Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago and investigated the relationship between politics and ethics. She also held appointments at other universities such as Harvard and Yale. She rose to prominence as a catholic public intellectual with the publication of Democracy on Trial (1995). She has published widely in books, newspapers and journals on democracy, feminism, religion and politics, ethical dilemmas and international relations. She dealed with these matters further in her book Sovereignty: God, State, Self (2008).

Published in

Journal Nexus
2010 or Earlier

Nexus 44


Speaker at


Part I. Mass Democracy on Trial

What Is a Good Society?

13 November 2005 09.45 - 21.30 Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam


Freedom and Democracy

Civilization and Power

19 November 2004 9.00 - 20.00 Library of Congress, Washington