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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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ISBN-13: 9780739104033
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/15/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction: "What is Prudential Leadership?" Part 3 The Nature of Prudence Chapter 4 Prudence in Xenophon's Memorabilia and Cyropaedia Chapter 5 Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimous and Prudent Statemanship Chapter 6 The Role of Prudence in Burke's Politics Chapter 7 Bringing Prudence Back In: Leadership, Statescraft, and Political Science Chapter 10 A Postscript to Political Judgment Part 11 The Scope of Prudence Chapter 12 Political Judgment in Dark Times: Frederick Douglass and Slavery Chapter 13 Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation: A Model of Prudent Leadership Chapter 14 Prudence, Imprudence, and the Puzzle of Bill Clinton Chapter 15 Prudence and the Constitution: On the Year 2000 Presidential Election Controversy

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