Harvey Mansfield (b. 1932) is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has studied and taught political philosophy since 1962. He is known for his writings on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties; on Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government; and on traditional liberalism and constitutional American political science. His work also includes studies on the discovery and development of the theory of executive power, three translations of Machiavelli, and a translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. He has won the Joseph R. Levenson Award for his teaching at Harvard, received the Sidney Hook Memorial Award from the National Association of Scholars, and in 2004 accepted a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush.
Author: Harvey Mansfield
In these brief remarks, prepared for a panel discussion celebrating Washington’s Birthday, (“First Among Equals: George Washington and the American Presidency”), Harvard University political scientist Harvey Mansfield (b. 1932) examines the ambiguous idea and practice of executive power.