David Demaree has a PhD in American history and lives with his family in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. He works in product management at a medical software company. Despite his field of employment, he is skeptical of any boundless optimism in technology.
The Lincoln that Schaff puts forth cultivated liberal democracy by placing limits and crafting public consensus. In order to see Lincoln in a new light, Schaff applies Aristotle’s ideas of moderation and prudence as his lens. It is not simply that Lincoln knew the good, but, as a good steward of liberal democracy, he embodied the good.