Tempered Strength: Studies in the Nature and Scope of Prudential Leadership

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Ethan M. Fishman
Lexington Books, 2002 - Political Science - 225 pages
Moral leadership matters. As world politics enters a new and dangerous era, judgment, constancy, moral purpose, and a willingness to overcome partisan politicking are essential for America's leaders. Tempered Strength finds the alternative standard of leadership that Americans are seeking in the classical philosophy of prudence. Ethan Fishman's new work brings together leading American political scientists--including Ronald Beiner, Kenneth L. Deutsch, and George Anastaplo--to discuss the evolution of a standard of prudential leadership both reasonable in nature and practical in scope. Section One studies the meaning of prudence and its evolution in the history of political science from Aristotelian phronesis to Xenophon, Thomas Aquinas, Edmund Burke, and Michael Oakeshott. Section Two demonstrates how the theory of prudential leadership can be applied to practical political issues.
 

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Contents

Introduction What Is Prudential Leadership?
1
THE NATURE OF PRUDENCE
15
Prudence in Xenophons Memorabilia and Cyropaedia
17
Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimous and Prudent Statesmanship
33
The Role of Prudence in Burkes Politics
53
Bringing Prudence Back In Leadership Statecraft and Political Science
71
A Postscript to Political Judgment
85
THE SCOPE OF PRUDENCE
101
Political Judgment in Dark Times Frederick Douglass and Slavery
103
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation A Model of Prudent Leadership
125
Prudence Imprudence and the Puzzle of Bill Clinton
151
Prudence and the Constitution On the Year 2000 Presidential Election Controversy
181
Index
219
About the Contributors
223
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Ethan Fishman is Professor of Political Science at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of The Prudential Presidency: An Aristotelian Approach to Presidential Leadership (2000) and editor of three books, including George Washington: Foundation of Presidential Leadership and Character (with William Pederson and Mark Rozell 2001).

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