Jean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013) was an American ethicist, political philosopher, and public intellectual. She was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the University of Chicago Divinity School with a joint appointment in the department of political science.

Latest by Jean Bethke Elshtain in Chronicles

  • Love and Work in the Modern Age
    November 1993

    Love and Work in the Modern Age

    Allan Carlson's most recent entry into the seemingly interminable debate about "whither the family?" or even "whether the family?" is marked by a refreshingly clear writing style: a crisp recitation of many fascinating historical, economical, and sociological facts; a forthright ethical imperative.

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  • October 1989

    The Ties That Bind

    Allan Carlson is a humane man, an effective polemicist, a dedicated familialist, and a scholar trained in macroeconomic theory with its panoply of techniques and its characteristic lingo—opportunity costs, utility curves, and the like.

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  • Unsere Leute
    March 1989

    Unsere Leute

    The familiar lane is rutted with two deep truck tracks. "This always happens when it rains," I think, and worry about getting stuck until I remember that the rain was two days ago and the ruts would have hardened by now, forming a two-lane trail to the farmhouse, Grandma's house, "Grandma in the country."

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