Harvey C. Mansfield

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Harvey C. Mansfield is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Mansfield is a recipient of the 2011 Bradley Prize. He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, and in 2004 received the National Humanities Medal.

He is the author of studies of Aristotle, Burke, Machiavelli, Tocqueville, Hobbes, constitutional government, and, most recently, manliness. He is a self-described Straussian; some of his most notable students include Andrew Sullivan, Alan Keyes, Bill Kristol, James R. Stoner Jr., Nathan Tarcov, Clifford Orwin, Mark Blitz, Paul Cantor, Delba Winthrop, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and James Ceaser.

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Harvey Mansfield On Montesquieu's "The Spirit Of The Laws"

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the central themes and ideas of the political philosophy of Montesquieu.

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Trafficking in Thoughtcrime

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How a distinguished thinker learned of his disinvitation.


Harvey Mansfield On Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield presents a detailed exposition of Tocqueville’s masterwork Democracy in America. Mansfield considers the major themes of Tocqueville’s work, including Tocqueville’s treatment of the idea of rights, the role of religion, men and women, self-government, and the relationship of liberty and equality. 


Harvey Mansfield: Protesting The Podium: Campus Disinvitations

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Bipartisan Policy Center
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the pressures that lead universities to disinvite guest speakers, the reasons for the uptick in disinvitations, and how campus leaders can protect the essential contributions invited speakers make in preparing students for informed, thoughtful citizenship.

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Concordia University Disinvites Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield Over His Conservative Gender Views

featuring Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Reason
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Administrator says they "were unable to reach consensus as to what we wanted to achieve with this event," which is pure doublespeak.


The Theory Behind My Disinvitation

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, April 14, 2019

If the purpose of speech is to get the better of one’s opponent, why not do it via censorship instead?

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Deflating College Degrees

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Patriot Post
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What is a college degree really worth these days, as opposed to how much it costs? One of the Democrats’ favorite policy platforms recently has been the call for “free college.” That this message is so popular with the younger generation may be an indication that the increasing cost of a college degree and the ballooning student debt associated with it (now more than $1.5 trillion) has not placed graduates on the fast track to the higher-paying jobs educated professionals once enjoyed.

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Famous Actresses Paid Bundles Of Money To Bribe Their Kids' Way Into College. Here's Why.

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Daily Wire
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice charged 50 people with involvement in a scheme that allowed rich parents to bribe college and testing officials to smooth the path for their children’s admission into top colleges. 

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The Executive Power Clause—Crux Of The Constitutional Settlement

with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Reason
Friday, March 8, 2019

Thanks once again to Eugene for the opportunity to share this research from "Article II Vests the Executive Power, Not the Royal Prerogative." I'd like to close with some thoughts on the larger project and its implications. This first article lays the foundation. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Missive From Harvey Mansfield

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Magazine
Monday, December 10, 2018

Kenan Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield wrote to this magazine in late November to share a story about the belated, posthumous publication of a dissertation he supervised 44 years ago—that of Delba Winthrop, Ph.D. ’74, who later became his wife. She takes up book three of Aristotle's Politics, on the subject of democracy, and the balance of the whole versus the parts, so fundamental to self-governance in a democratic society. A conference honoring the book takes place today at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.