06 September 2008
Here's a neat quotation from Frederick Douglass, assessing Abraham Lincoln's role in the end of slavery in the US.
Thanks to my friend Henry Cohen, in whose review of a recent book on Lincoln I discovered this.
"Viewed from genuine abolition grounds, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined."
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.