(Chicago Tribune) Jean Bethke Elshtain, 1941-2013

A provocative ethicist and political philosopher at the University of Chicago, Mrs. Elshtain supported the U.S. war on terror, saying America’s power as a nation meant it had a great responsibility. She was also concerned with the way in which political systems tried to remake family life and with how the human body could be changed through genetic interventions.

“She was always one to protect the little things in life,” said friend and colleague William Schweiker, the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School.

Mrs. Elshtain, 72, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, died of heart failure Sunday, Aug. 11, in a long-term care facility in Nashville, Tenn.
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