Harvey C. Mansfield

“Mansfield has uncovered in the history of political theory the grounds of these forms of liberal democracy that we now take for granted, and he has done so in a way that does full justice to the complexities of history and political practice. He has demonstrated what is distinctively modern about the modern liberal regime, but also has shown how the liberal regime can be understood as a kind of mixed regime in an Aristotelian sense. In doing so he has greatly deepened our understanding of our history, our institutions, and our current situation.” – William Kristol

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Introduction

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. Mansfield’s many contributions to the study of political philosophy include translations of Machiavelli and Tocqueville, nine books and extensive scholarship on a broad range of subjects, and commentary on contemporary politics. [Read More]

Biography

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University. He was Chairman of the Government Department from 1973-1977, has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. [Read More]

Recent Essays

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Mansfield discuss his work on the great political philosophers and the key themes which have defined his career.

Recent Commentary