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Old Whigs : Burke, Lincoln, and the politics of prudence / by Greg Weiner.

Author/creator Weiner, Greg author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst American edition.
Publication Info New York : Encounter Books, 2019.
Copyright Notice ©2019
Descriptionxi, 170 pages ; 24 cm
Contents "The God of this lower world": Burke on prudence -- "The family of the lion, or the tribe of the eagle": Lincoln on prudence -- "Sophisters, economists, and calculators": Burke on reason and revelation -- "Definitions and axioms": Lincoln on reason and revelation -- "The little catechism of the rights of man": Burke on liberty -- "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master": Lincoln on liberty -- "The collected reason of ages": Burke and Lincoln on custom -- Liberty and authority, patience and resolve: recovering the politics of prudence.
Abstract "The virtue of prudence suffuses the writings of Edmund Burke and Abraham Lincoln, yet the demands of statecraft compelled both to take daring positions against long odds: Burke against the seemingly inexorable march of the French Revolution, Lincoln against disunion at a moment when the Northern situation appeared untenable. Placing their statesmanship and writings in relief helps to illuminate prudence in its full dimensions: inflected with caution but not confined to it, bound to circumstance, and finding expression in the particular but grounded in the absolute. This comparative study of two thinkers and statesmen who described themselves as "Old Whigs" argues for a recovery of prudence as the political virtue par excellence by viewing it through the eyes, words and deeds of two of its foremost exemplars. Both statesmen deeply informed by the life of the mind, Burke and Lincoln illustrate prudence in its universal but also contrasting dimensions. Burke emphasized the primacy of feeling, Lincoln the axioms of logic. Burke saw British prudence emanating from the mists of ancient history; for Lincoln, America's soul lay in a discrete moment of founding in 1776. Yet both were moved by a respect for the mysterious and customary. Each maintained the virtue of compromise while adhering to immovable commitments. At a time when American politics, and American conservatism in particular, teems with a desire for boldness but also an innate resistance to schemes of social or political transformation, this book answers with a fuller and richer account of prudence as it emerges in the thought and action of two of the great statesmen and thinkers of modern times"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Weiner, Greg, author. Old Whigs New York : Encounter Books, [2019] 9781641770514
LCCN 2018053320
ISBN9781641770507 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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