, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 171–174 | Cite as

Lincoln, Churchill and Statesmanship

  • Will Morrisey
Review Essay

Lewis E. Lehrman, Lincoln and Churchill: Statesmen at War. Guilford: Stackpole Books, 2018, 526pp, $34.95. ISBN 978-0811719674

John von Heyking, Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Winston Churchill on Politics as Friendship. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2018, 200pp, $27.00. ISBN: 978-1587311604

Imitating their colleagues in the other sciences, modern social scientists often understand human life impersonally, reducing political life to sub-political elements (‘race, class, and gender’), to institutional structures, or simply to power and ‘power relations.’ When asked about persons, modern scientists predictably point to the elements composing the human psyche: once to ‘id, ego, and superego,’ now increasingly to brain chemistry. As for the nature of scientists themselves, they too strive for impersonality, eschewing prejudice and emotion, forming their hypotheses and testing them for measurable results.

The impersonality of modern science and scientists has yielded...


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  • Will Morrisey
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