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By Joseph R. Fornieri

What constitutes Lincoln’s political greatness as a statesman? As a good chief, he stored the Union, presided over the top of slavery, and helped to pave the way in which for an interracial democracy. His nice speeches supply enduring knowledge approximately human equality, democracy, unfastened hard work, and unfastened society. Joseph R. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s political genius is healthier understood by way of a philosophical statesmanship that united greatness of idea and motion, one who mixed idea and perform. This philosophical statesmanship, Fornieri argues, can most sensible be understood by way of six dimensions of political management: knowledge, prudence, responsibility, magnanimity, rhetoric, and patriotism. Drawing on insights from background, politics, and philosophy, Fornieri tackles the query of the way Lincoln’s statesmanship displayed every one of those the most important elements.

Providing an obtainable framework for figuring out Lincoln’s statesmanship, this considerate research examines the 16th president’s political management when it comes to the normal ethical imaginative and prescient of statecraft as understood via epic political philosophers similar to Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s personality is healthier understood by way of Aquinas’s figuring out of magnanimity or greatness of soul, the crowning advantage of statesmanship. precise political greatness, as embodied by means of Lincoln, includes 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 good philosophers and books of western civilization as his consultant, Fornieri demonstrates the real contribution of normative political philosophy to an figuring out of our 16th president. knowledgeable through political idea that attracts at the classics in revealing the timelessness of Lincoln’s instance, his interdisciplinary research deals profound insights for somebody attracted to the character of management, statesmanship, political philosophy, political ethics, political heritage, and constitutional law.

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