Abraham Lincoln’s Ethics

This is Professor Thomas Carson, a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. He’s making a presentation on his book, Lincoln’s Ethics. Professor Carson’s presentation was part of the Abraham Lincoln Institute/Ford’s Theatre Symposium held at Ford’s Theatre on March 19, 2016.

The video’s description tells us, ” ‘Lincoln’s Ethics’ was part of the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 19th annual symposium on ‘The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship.’ Co-sponsored by the Ford’s Theatre Society and the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., it was held at Ford’s Theatre.”

This was frankly a disappointing presentation. Professor Carson displayed extremely poor presentation skills, making it painful to listen to the presentation. He might have had some good information for us, but it’s buried in one of the worst presentations of the year so far. He’s not current on the latest Lincoln scholarship, either, nor is he current on the latest scholarship related to emancipation.




  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    I could not finish this video. I tried. Hard. Because the presenter was reading directly from script, I would find that phrases would run together, so that it would confuse the meaning. I also found that the overall “assessment” of Lincoln left much to be desired, as some information was left out. It almost created a caricature that struck me as outdated. Out of countless videos that I have viewed, I consider one bomb to be very good statistics 🙂

    1. I included it just so we can have a complete record of the conference, though often even a bad presentation can teach us something.

      1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

        My mom made me eat my brussel sprouts, too 🙂

        1. Your mom was right to do so.

  2. bob carey · · Reply

    I think the presentation and the audience participation both used a 21st century yardstick to measure a 19th century man. Classic mistake that is hard to overcome.

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