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Sovereignty: God, State, and Self (Gifford Lectures)

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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.

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One of Americas foremost political theorists explores the connections between our political and ethical convictions, changing forever the way we understand the notion of “sovereignty”

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“A provocative, counter-culture narrative of Western political thought…an invigorating book, brimming with erudition and discernment.”—Times Literary Supplement(London)

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In this seminal work in the fields of political history and political theory, Jean Bethke Elshtain shows how the powerful notion of sovereignty—complete independence and self-government—has irrevocably sculpted contemporary notions of God, state and self. Elshtain examines the conceptual underpinnings of sovereignty, considering the early modern ideas of God that formed the basis for the modern paradigm of the sovereign state, and making the unprecedented claim that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self—arguing, in other words, that when we understand why we have the politics we have, we will understand what makes humans themselves tick. The implications of Elshtains monumental thesis go as far as to suggest that self-sovereignty, which understands the self to be an independent, self-sufficient entity, undermines the bedrock on which human communities are fundamentally sustained. In thoughtful, provocative prose, Elshtain explores the connections between our political and ethical convictions, changing forever the way we understand the notion of sovereignty.

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Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, one concept has cut across arenas as diverse as theology, political thought, and psychology: sovereignty. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, from the feminist movement of the 1970s to the dramas that unfold on the Oprah Winfrey Show today, debates about sovereignty-complete independence and self-government- have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, 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 paradigm of the sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research one step further, making the unprecedented claim that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self-in other words, when we understand why we have the politics we have, we will understand what makes humans tick. The implications of Elshtain’s monumental thesis suggest that self-sovereignty underpins the bedrock on which human communities are sustained.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465037599
Subtitle:
God, State, and Self
Author:
Elshtain, Jean B
Author:
Elshtain, Jean Bethke
Author:
Elshtain, Jean B.
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Providence and government of god
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
POL040000
Subject:
Sovereignty
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series:
Gifford Lectures
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 15.5 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
One of Americas foremost political theorists explores the connections between our political and ethical convictions, changing forever the way we understand the notion of “sovereignty”
"Synopsis" by ,
“A provocative, counter-culture narrative of Western political thought…an invigorating book, brimming with erudition and discernment.”—Times Literary Supplement(London)
"Synopsis" by ,
In this seminal work in the fields of political history and political theory, Jean Bethke Elshtain shows how the powerful notion of sovereignty—complete independence and self-government—has irrevocably sculpted contemporary notions of God, state and self. Elshtain examines the conceptual underpinnings of sovereignty, considering the early modern ideas of God that formed the basis for the modern paradigm of the sovereign state, and making the unprecedented claim that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self—arguing, in other words, that when we understand why we have the politics we have, we will understand what makes humans themselves tick. The implications of Elshtains monumental thesis go as far as to suggest that self-sovereignty, which understands the self to be an independent, self-sufficient entity, undermines the bedrock on which human communities are fundamentally sustained. In thoughtful, provocative prose, Elshtain explores the connections between our political and ethical convictions, changing forever the way we understand the notion of sovereignty.
"Synopsis" by ,
Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, one concept has cut across arenas as diverse as theology, political thought, and psychology: sovereignty. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, from the feminist movement of the 1970s to the dramas that unfold on the Oprah Winfrey Show today, debates about sovereignty-complete independence and self-government- have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, 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 paradigm of the sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research one step further, making the unprecedented claim that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self-in other words, when we understand why we have the politics we have, we will understand what makes humans tick. The implications of Elshtain’s monumental thesis suggest that self-sovereignty underpins the bedrock on which human communities are sustained.
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