Monday, August 08, 2011

Jaffa and Virtue

From a 2009 Forbes interview of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa by Peter Robinson:

"Washington spoke of 'an indissoluble union of virtue and happiness,'" Jaffa says. "Aristotle couldn’t have put it any better. And when Washington said that, he was telling us that 'the pursuit of happiness' in the Declaration of Independence didn't mean radical individualism. It meant the pursuit of virtue."

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. All believed that morality--that goodness and justice--were not merely human constructs but real.

the rest here.

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