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    The Just War Tradition and Natural Law

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    This Essay is divided into three parts. First, it briefly discusses Augustine on the notion of a naturalistic morality implanted in human minds and hearts. Second, it traces the ways in which such notions as human nature figure in Augustinian and post-Augustinian arguments concerning war and peace. Third, it takes the measure of our current international crises and challenges from the perspective of human dignity the naturalistic morality Augustine addresses when he insists that there is, in fact, a nature we share, trails in its wake far-reaching ethical complications

    Politics and forgiveness

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    The Just War Tradition and Natural Law

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    This Essay is divided into three parts. First, it briefly discusses Augustine on the notion of a naturalistic morality implanted in human minds and hearts. Second, it traces the ways in which such notions as human nature figure in Augustinian and post-Augustinian arguments concerning war and peace. Third, it takes the measure of our current international crises and challenges from the perspective of human dignity the naturalistic morality Augustine addresses when he insists that there is, in fact, a nature we share, trails in its wake far-reaching ethical complications

    The Equality of Persons and the Culture of Rights

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    Will the Real Civil Society Advocates Please Stand Up?

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    Some critics have charged the Council on Civil Society with longing for a society that excludes entire categories of persons from membership, with being blind to abuse and violence within marriage, and being blasé about growing social and economic inequalities. This Article responds to these and other critiques from McClain and Fleming, Fineman, and Roberts by arguing that A Call to Civil Society clearly demonstrates not only a commitment to the morality and dignity of all human persons, but also a prohibition against any institution that promotes invidious distinctions between men and women. The remainder of this Article argues that critics of A Call to Civil Society in this issue ironically espouse positions that further erode the democratic ideal of social pluralism and bear little relationship to the actual conditions contributing to the weakening of civil society in America

    Why Augustine? Why Now?

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    Ethics, Education, and Civic Life

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    Jean Bethke Elshtain is Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. This talk was delivered at Sacred Heart University at the first Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics colloquium on February 24, 1994

    Right Makes Might: Lincoln\u27s Evocation Of Natural Rights Still Reverberates In American Politics

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    Harry V. Jaffa takes his time. The wait is well worth it. Forty-one years separate the publication of Jaffa\u27s recognized classic, Crisis of the House Divided (University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0226391132, $20.00 softcover), and this new work on Abraham Lincoln\u27s political thought. A third vol...

    Sovereign God, Sovereign State, Sovereign Self

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    Nuclear Discourse and its Discontents, or Apocalypse Now or Never

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    Examining modes of discussing nuclear warfare
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