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Author Fornieri, Joseph R., author

Title Abraham Lincoln, philosopher statesman / Joseph R. Fornieri
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 216 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Wisdom -- Prudence -- Duty -- Magnanimity -- Rhetoric -- Patriotism -- Conclusion
Summary Providing an accessible framework for understanding Lincoln's statesmanship, this thoughtful study examines the sixteenth president's political leadership in terms of the traditional moral vision of statecraft as understood by epic political philosophers such as Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Fornieri contends that Lincoln's character is best understood in terms of Aquinas's understanding of magnanimity or greatness of soul, the crowning virtue of statesmanship. True political greatness, as embodied by Lincoln, involves both humility and sacrificial service for the common good. The enduring wisdom and timeless teachings of these great thinkers, Fornieri shows, can lead to a deeper appreciation of statesmanship and of its embodiment in Abraham Lincoln
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-212) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Aristotle -- Influence.
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Influence.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Ethics.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Philosophy.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Political and social views.
Political leadership -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0809333309 (electronic bk.)
9780809333301 (electronic bk.)