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  1. John Kelsay & Sumner B. Twiss (forthcoming). Editors' Note: New Appointments. Journal of Religious Ethics.
     
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  2. John Kelsay & Sumner B. Twiss (forthcoming). Editors' Note: Transitions. Journal of Religious Ethics.
     
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  3. John Kelsay (2014). Response to Bucar and Stalnaker. Journal of Religious Ethics 42 (3):564-570.
    This comment provides a brief response to criticisms of Kelsay (2012) set forth in a recent essay by Elizabeth Bucar and Aaron Stalnaker.
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  4. John Kelsay (2013). Islamic Ethics. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  5. John Kelsay (2013). Just War Thinking as a Social Practice. Ethics and International Affairs 27 (1):67-86.
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  6. John Kelsay (2013). Muslim Discourse on Rebellion. Ethics and International Affairs 27 (4):379-391.
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  7. John Kelsay (2012). The Present State of the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics: An Update. Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (4):583-602.
    A survey of developments over the last forty years suggests that little progress has been made in the development of comparative religious ethics as a discipline. While authors working in this field have produced a number of interesting works, the field lacks structure, including an agreement on the basic purpose, terms, and approaches by which contributions may be evaluated as better or worse. I provide an account of this history, suggesting that a way forward will involve marrying ethicists' interest in (...)
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  8. John Kelsay & Sumner B. Twiss (2011). Editors' Note. Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (4):vi-vii.
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  9. John Kelsay (2010). Just War, Jihad, and the Study of Comparative Ethics. Ethics and International Affairs 24 (3):227-238.
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  10. John Kelsay (2010). Response to Papers for “Ethnography, Anthropology, and Comparative Religious Ethics” Focus. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):485-493.
    The Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) project represented here through papers by Thomas Lewis, Aaron Stalnaker, Hans Lucht, and Lee Yearley (with responses) was motivated by the judgment that the trend toward a focus on virtue ethics, with attendant concern for techniques of forming selves, creates an opportunity for a dialogue with ethnographers. I argue that the CSWR essays neglect social and institutional considerations, as well as overdrawing the distinction between “formalist” and virtue approaches to the study (...)
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  11. John Kelsay, Sujatha Byravan, Sudhir Chella Rajan, Damning Souls, Toni Erskine, Thomas E. Doyle, Anne Schwenkenbecher, On Amartya Sen, Chris Brown & Rekha Nath (2010). Carnegie Council. Ethics and International Affairs 24.
     
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  12. John Kelsay (2009). James Turner Johnson, Just War Tradition, and Forms of Practical Reasoning. Journal of Military Ethics 8 (3):179-189.
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  13. John Kelsay (2008). Editor's Comments on the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics Essays. Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (3).
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  14. John Kelsay (2007). Comparison and History in the Study of Religious Ethics: An Essay on Michael Cook's "Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought". [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (2):347 - 373.
    Qur'an 3:104 speaks of "commanding right and forbidding wrong" as a constitutive feature of the Muslim community. Michael Cook's careful and comprehensive study provides a wealth of information about the ways Muslims in various contexts have understood this notion. Cook also makes a number of comparative observations, and suggests that "commanding" appears to be a uniquely Muslim practice. Scholars of religious ethics should read Cook's study with great appreciation. They will also have a number of questions about his comparative comments. (...)
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  15. Richard J. Bernstein, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Amitai Etzioni, William Galston, Franklin I. Gamwell, Timothy Jackson, James Turner Johnson, John Kelsay & Jean Porter (2006). Universalism Vs. Relativism: Making Moral Judgments in a Changing, Pluralistic, and Threatening World. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  16. John Kelsay (2005). Democratic Virtue, Comparative Ethics, and Contemporary Islam. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):697-707.
    This essay illustrates the kind of moral analysis Jeffrey Stout advocates in "Democracy and Tradition" by way of examining a conversation among Muslims that took place between June and December 2002. Their debate centers on al-Qaìda's legitimacy as God's chosen defender of Islam, which is called into question due to the tension between al-Qaìda's military tactics and the concepts of honorable combat held within the Islamic tradition. This giving and taking of reasons in both defense and detraction of al-Qaìda's tactics (...)
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  17. John Kelsay (2005). Religion and Religious War. In William Schweiker (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Blackwell Pub.. 536--543.
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  18. John Kelsay (2003). Al-Shaybani and the Islamic Law of War. Journal of Military Ethics 2 (1):63-75.
    One of the ways Islamic tradition addresses questions of military ethics is through inquiries into the shari'a, indicating the ideal way of life and usually rendered as Islamic 'law'. Discussion of the shari?a includes an extended conversation concerning the justification and conduct of war. The work of al-Shaybani (d. 804) and other early scholars in the Hanafi school illustrates an important moment in this conversation, establishing precedents to which subsequent generations of Muslims (including contemporary Muslims) must respond. Further, the accomplishments (...)
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  19. John Kelsay & Sumner B. Twiss (2003). Editor's Note. Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (1):ix-ix.
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  20. Keith Burgess‐Jackson, Cheshire Calhoun, Susan Finsen, Chad W. Flanders, Heather J. Gert, Peter G. Heckman, John Kelsay, Michael Lavin, Michelle Y. Little, Lionel K. McPherson, Alfred Nordmann, Kirk Pillow, Ruth J. Sample, Edward D. Sherline, Hans O. Tiefel, Thomas S. Tomlinson, Steven Walt, Patricia H. Werhane, Edward C. Wingebach & Christopher F. Zurn (2001). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Ethics 112 (1):189-201.
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  21. John Kelsay (1996). Review: Plurality, Pluralism, and Comparative Ethics: A Review Essay. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (2):403 - 428.
    Recent discussions of religious, cultural, and/or moral diversity raise questions relevant to the descriptive and normative aims of students of religious ethics. In conversation with several illustrative works, the author takes up (1) issues of terminology, (2) explanations or classifications of types and origins of plurality and pluralism, (3) the relations between pluralism as a normative theory and the aims of a liberal state, and (4) the import of an emphasis on plurality or pluralism for the comparative study of religious (...)
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  22. John Kelsay (1994). Divine Command Ethics in Early Islam: Al-Shafi'i and the Problem of Guidance. Journal of Religious Ethics 22 (1):101 - 126.
    Al-Shafi'i (d. 820) is clearly one of the most important figures in the early history of Islamic jurisprudence. His Risala or "Treatise" on the "principles of jurisprudence" (usul al-fiqh) is also of interest as an example of an approach to ethics that focuses on divine commands. Following a brief introduction, I offer the reader a few comments about al-Shafi'i's context. I summarize the content of the Risala and then analyze it as an example of divine command reasoning in ethics. Finally, (...)
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  23. John Kelsay (1994). Islamic Law and Ethics: Introduction. Journal of Religious Ethics 22 (1):93 - 99.
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  24. John Kelsay (1993). Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics. Westminster/John Knox Press.
    This book explores these questions and addresses the lack of comparative perspectives on the ethics of war, particularly with respect to Islam.
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  25. John Kelsay (1990). Religion, Morality, and the Governance of War: The Case of Classical Islam. Journal of Religious Ethics 18 (2):123 - 139.
    Students of Christian ethics have often noted the special relationship between Christianity and just war thinking in the West. For a variety of reasons, however, many of these have suggested that this "special" relation may not be unique. This essay begins to build on this suggestion by examining materials from the classical period of Islamic development. The conclusion of this examination is that a number of concerns identified with just war thinking are reflected in Islamic circles, as are (...)
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  26. John D. Feldmann, John Kelsay & Hugh E. Brown (1986). Responsibility and Moral Reasoning: A Study in Business Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 5 (2):93 - 117.
    This essay was written for the 1984 General Motors Intercollegiate Business Understanding Program. It consists of three sections, each responding to a separate issue posed by General Motors. The opinions expressed are not those of the General Motors management.The first section attempts to document, through the use of Harvard Business Review articles, a shift in the notion of managerial responsibility from a narrowly focused role responsibility to a more widely focused moral responsibility.
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  27. John D. Feldmann, John Kelsay & I. I. I. Hugh E. Brown (1986). Responsibility and Moral Reasoning: A Study in Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (2):93-117.
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