The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Southern Illinois University Press has published  “Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman,”by AHI Senior Fellow Joseph R. Fornieri. Dr. Fornieri is professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the Director of the Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty, which is in affiliation with AHI.

Joseph R. Fornieri, professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology

In his new book, Dr. Fornieri contends that Lincoln’s political genius is best understood in terms of a philosophical statesmanship that united greatness of thought and action, one that combined theory and practice. This philosophical statesmanship, Fornieri argues, can best be understood in terms of six dimensions of political leadership: wisdom, prudence, duty, magnanimity, rhetoric, and patriotism. Drawing on insights from history, politics, and philosophy, Fornieri tackles the question of how Lincoln’s statesmanship displayed each of these crucial elements.

Among his accomplishments, Fornieri has received RIT’s Provost’s Award for outstanding teaching for junior faculty and the Eisenhart Award for outstanding teaching for tenured faculty. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach First Amendment and American Political Thought at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln’s religion and politics as well as the author or editor of several other books on Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and statesmanship. Fornieri served as a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, 1809-2009 and is an acting Board Member of the Lincoln Forum.