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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Analysis and Commentary

Stuck In The Middle With Virtue

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Weekly Standard
Friday, May 11, 2018

Here is a fine comparison of America’s founders with Aristotle on the value of a middle class.

In the News

Duels, Drinks, Debates: Inside The John Adams Society

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

At a time when some are questioning Harvard’s commitment to free speech, the John Adams Society seeks to challenge what they see as the campus liberal orthodoxy—even if it means meeting in secret.

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Parties Vs. Factions In America

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 21, 2017

With its party system, America is the first republic to find a solution to the problem of ambition.

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The Virtue Of Party Politics

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Partisanship plays an indispensable role in a democratic society.

Analysis and Commentary

The Vulgar And The Sophisticates

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia City Journal
Friday, January 20, 2017

Are our diminished democratic institutions capable of forcing Trump to behave responsibly?

Analysis and Commentary

The Dems: How Progress Became Drift

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Jewish World Review
Monday, August 8, 2016

Our parties are the Democrats and the Republicans as electoral and governing bodies, liberals and conservatives in ways of thinking. Increasingly, Democrats are liberals and Republicans are conservatives, the phenomenon known as polarization, by which we more and more divide ourselves politically, in our parties, by our ways of thinking. 

Why Donald Trump Is No Gentleman

by Harvey C. Mansfield
Friday, July 29, 2016

Like Machiavelli, he makes clear that winning dishonorably is better than losing honorably.

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Mansfield On Politics

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 1, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the political parties and politics in America.

Analysis and Commentary

Taking Swipes At Publius

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Our politics has changed irreversibly since the founding, yet the Constitution has survived. Might that be because it rests on eternal truths?

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Are All Men Created Equal?

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Progressives want to redistribute wealth, but their ideas about equality are incoherent.