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By Joseph R. Fornieri

What constitutes Lincoln’s political greatness as a statesman? As a good chief, he kept the Union, presided over the tip of slavery, and helped to pave the way in which for an interracial democracy. His nice speeches offer enduring knowledge approximately human equality, democracy, unfastened exertions, and loose society. Joseph R. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s political genius is better understood by way of a philosophical statesmanship that united greatness of notion and motion, person who mixed idea and perform. This philosophical statesmanship, Fornieri argues, can top be understood when it comes to six dimensions of political management: knowledge, prudence, accountability, magnanimity, rhetoric, and patriotism. Drawing on insights from historical past, politics, and philosophy, Fornieri tackles the query of ways Lincoln’s statesmanship displayed each one of those an important elements.

Providing an available framework for figuring out Lincoln’s statesmanship, this considerate learn examines the 16th president’s political management by way of the conventional ethical imaginative and prescient of statecraft as understood via epic political philosophers corresponding to Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s personality is better understood when it comes to Aquinas’s figuring out of magnanimity or greatness of soul, the crowning advantage of statesmanship. actual political greatness, as embodied through Lincoln, contains either humility and sacrificial carrier for the typical reliable. the iconic knowledge and undying teachings of those nice thinkers, Fornieri exhibits, can result in a deeper appreciation of statesmanship and of its embodiment in Abraham Lincoln.

With the nice philosophers and books of western civilization as his consultant, Fornieri demonstrates the $64000 contribution of normative political philosophy to an realizing of our 16th president. proficient by means of political conception that attracts at the classics in revealing the timelessness of Lincoln’s instance, his interdisciplinary research deals profound insights for somebody drawn to the character of management, statesmanship, political philosophy, political ethics, political background, and constitutional law.

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