By Joseph R. Fornieri
ISBN-13: 9780809333295 (hardback)
ISBN-10: 0809333295 (cloth)
ISBN-13: 9780809333301 (ebook)
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 loose society. Joseph R. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s political genius is better understood when it comes to a philosophical statesmanship that united greatness of inspiration and motion, one who mixed concept and perform. This philosophical statesmanship, Fornieri argues, can top be understood when it comes to six dimensions of political management: knowledge, prudence, responsibility, 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 the most important elements.
Providing an available framework for figuring out Lincoln’s statesmanship, this considerate examine examines the 16th president’s political management by way of the conventional ethical imaginative and prescient of statecraft as understood by way of epic political philosophers reminiscent of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s personality is healthier understood when it comes to Aquinas’s knowing of magnanimity or greatness of soul, the crowning advantage of statesmanship. precise political greatness, as embodied via Lincoln, consists of either humility and sacrificial carrier for the typical reliable. the iconic knowledge and undying teachings of those nice thinkers, Fornieri exhibits, may end up in a deeper appreciation of statesmanship and of its embodiment in Abraham Lincoln.
With the nice philosophers and books of western civilization as his advisor, Fornieri demonstrates the real contribution of normative political philosophy to an figuring out of our 16th president. knowledgeable through political concept that attracts at the classics in revealing the timelessness of Lincoln’s instance, his interdisciplinary learn bargains profound insights for somebody attracted to the character of management, statesmanship, political philosophy, political ethics, political background, and constitutional law.
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38 The mark of a pragmatic leader, according to Burns, is to evade questions of ultimate value and purpose. Indeed, Burns goes so far as to compare the sixteenth president’s putative pragmatism during the Civil War to Nixon’s handling of Watergate and Vietnam: 14 INTRODUCTION The question of ultimate purpose remained. What was one saving in saving the nation? 39 In sum, Burns fails to understand Lincoln’s statesmanship because he fails to understand the difference between pragmatism and prudence, the difference between sailing without a moral compass and navigating rocky shoals with one.
When Lincoln heard that his secretary of defense called him a fool, he remarked: “Well, I guess I had better go over and see Stanton about this. ”11 Aware of his cabinet members’ egos and peccadilloes, the president did not allow his own pride to get in the way of their broader service to the country. ”12 This emotional intelligence partly explains his genuine sympathy toward fellow human beings held in bondage. In a letter dated August 24, 1855, to his best friend Joshua Speed, he recalled being horrified by the sight of shackled slaves on a trip down South.
Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. 35 (emphasis added) These words from a great radical/reformer should be kept in mind to help us appreciate more clearly the particular duty and character of statesmanship in contrast to other kinds of political leadership. In a word, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr.