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Machiavelli on Necessary Evil

- Harvey Mansfield, "Machiavelli on Necessary Evil," University of Notre Dame, November 11, 2017
Harvey Mansfield spoke on “Machiavelli on Necessary Evil” at the University of Notre Dame, part of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture fall 2018 conference.

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield XIII

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 13), Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: August 14, 2017.  
Bill Kristol interviews Harvey Mansfield about Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) and particularly his masterwork, Gulliver’s Travels. In this Conversation, Mansfield provides an in-depth interpretation of Swift’s writing, which Mansfield calls “essentially… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield XII

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 12), Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: April 24, 2017.
Bill Kristol interviews Harvey Mansfield about the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, an event that “turned out to be a lesson in politics. You were learning from people actually in politics about the issue: What’s the relationship… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield XI

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 11), Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: December 19, 2016.
In his eleventh conversation with Bill Kristol, Mansfield discusses how political philosophy might inform our understanding of President Trump.

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield X

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 10), Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: September 26, 2016.
Mansfield discusses crime and mystery novels (including those by Agatha Christie, Bill James, and Donald Westlake), P.G. Wodehouse, J.Q. Wilson, Winston Churchill as writer, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield IX

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 9) Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: August 1, 2016.
Harvey Mansfield discusses “America’s constitutional soul” and the jurisprudence of Antonin Scalia on this episode of Conversations.

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield VII

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 7), Conversations with Bill Kristol, Released: February 1, 2016.
In his seventh conversation with Kristol, Mansfield discusses the ideas behind our political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield V

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 5), Conversations with Bill Kristol, August 31, 2015.
The fifth conversation in our ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard government professor considers the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59). Mansfield and Kristol discuss key themes in Tocqueville’s work, including the nature… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield IV

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 4), Conversations with Bill Kristol, May 11, 2015.
In the fourth instalment in an ongoing series of conversations with the Harvard government professor, Bill Kristol and Harvey Mansfield discuss the political philosopher Leo Strauss (1899 – 1973) and the Straussian school of philosophy he… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: James Ceaser

- James Ceaser, Conversations with Bill Kristol, March 2, 2015.
In this footage from Conversations with Bill Kristol, University of Virginia political scientist James Ceaser reflects on the lives and ideas of seminal teachers of political philosophy and American government: Harvey Mansfield, James Q. Wilson, Walter Berns,… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield III

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview 3), Conversations with Bill Kristol, January 19, 2015.
In the third conversation of “Conversations with Bill Kristol’s” ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard political philosopher,  Mansfield and William Kristol explore the distinctive characteristics of our two political parties.… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield II

- Harvey Mansfield (Interview number 2) Conversations with Bill Kristol, September 1, 2014.
In the second of an ongoing series of interviews with the Harvard professor on Conversations with Bill Kristol, Mansfield and Kristol discuss the wisdom of the Federalist, the challenges facing conservatives in America, and the problem of feminism.  

Harvey Mansfield on James Q. Wilson

- "Harvey Mansfield on James Q. Wilson," Pepperdine University,  February 28, 2014.
A two day conference at Pepperdine University, February 28 – March 1 2014, honored the legacy of James Q. Wilson and focused on his historic book The Moral Sense, and his emphasis on the rediscovery of character as valid concerns of policy education in… More

“Machiavelli’s Verità Effetuale”

- Harvey Mansfield, "Machiavelli's Verità Effetuale," University of Dallas, February 7, 2014.
Mansfield discusses Machiavelli’s notion of the “effectual truth.”

Mansfield vs. Grade Inflation

- "Harvard Professor Gives Two Sets Of Marks To Combat Grade Inflation" interview with Harvey C. Mansfield, Here and Now, National Public Radio, December 4, 2013.
From NPR: Harvard University is back in the news for questions over grade inflation. A Harvard professor and longtime critic of grade inflation discovered yesterday that the most frequent mark given at the university is a perfect A. Harvard government… More

Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox

- CBC Radio Ideas with Paul Kennedy. "Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox" Nov 5, 2013. CBC Radio 1.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC “Ideas” radio program on Machiavelli featuring Harvey C. Mansfield, Clifford Orwin, Michelle Clarke, and Erica Brenner. Comedian Rick Mercer stars as Machiavelli.

Is Machiavelli a Philosopher?

- Harvey C. Mansfield "Is Machiavelli a Philosopher?" Panel hosted by Program on Constitutional Government, Harvard University, September 19, 2013.
Panel 1 (of 4) from a conference on the 500th anniversary of the writing of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 and hosted by the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard. Panelists: Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts);… More

Milestones in the History of Free Society

- Milestones in the History of Free Society -- And Prospects for Perpetuation, A conference of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University May 20 - 21, 2013.
A Public Conference in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, at Princeton University, May 20, 2013. Keynote Address by Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University, with an introduction by James Ceaser, University of Virginia. Moderated… More

Jim Manzi on Science, Knowledge and Freedom

- Discussion with Jim Manzi hosted by Prof. Harvey Mansfield, Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University, 30 November 2012.
How do we know which social and economic policies work, which should be continued, and which should be changed? Jim Manzi argues that throughout history, various methods have been attempted—except for controlled experimentation. Experiments provide the… More

Science and Non-Science in Liberal Education

- Harvey Mansfield "Science and Non-Science in Liberal Education," Wabash College, October 17, 2012.
Harvey Mansfield lectures at Wabash College on the scientific enterprise and its complex relationship to the liberal arts.

Philosopher of Politics: A Tribute to Harvey C. Mansfield and His Enduring Influence

- "Philosopher of Politics: A Tribute to Harvey C. Mansfield and His Enduring Influence," panel discussion, Hudson Institute, 28 September 2012.
Over the course of an extraordinary career spanning six decades, and as the author of fourteen books and translations, Professor Harvey C. Mansfield of Harvard University has made a lasting contribution to the history of political thought, uncovering… More

Harvey Mansfield 80th Birthday Conference Panel 3: Executive Power

- Harvey Mansfield on his 80th Birthday: A Review of His Works.  This event is sponsored by the Program on Constitutional Government in the Department of Government, and in affiliation with the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University.  30 March 2012.

Harvey Mansfield 80th Birthday Conference Panel 1: Party Government

- Harvey Mansfield on his 80th Birthday: A Review of His Works.  This event is sponsored by the Program on Constitutional Government in the Department of Government, and in affiliation with the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University.  30 March 2012.

Role of Government

- Video, Role of Government Panel Discussion, Princeton Club, New York City, November 9, 2010.
Hosted by the New Criterion Magazine. Panelists included Harvey C. Mansfield, William Kristol and Amity Shlaes. They discussed The Federalist, Progressive era, and other constitutional issues.  

Taming the Prince

- "Taming the Prince," lecture delivered to the John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship, 16 October 2009.

Big Think: Harvey Mansfield

- Video,  Series of short interviews, Big Think, 2008.
Prof. Mansfield answers a number of questions and discusses multiple topics ranging from Ancient thinkers to modern political correctness in a series of short video clips ranging from 1 to 4 minutes.

Friendship: Allan Bloom and Harvey Mansfield

- Video, Big Think, 5 May 2009. Time 5:46
Allan Bloom and Mansfield were close friends. Many of their students were lucky enough to study with both of them, encouraged by the other.

Anger and Self-Importance

- "Anger and Self-Importance," lecture delivered at the Hoover Institution, 29 October 2007.
Harvey Mansfield: Anger and Self-Importance from The Hoover Institution and The Hoover Institution on FORA.tv

Colbert Report: Manliness

- Video, interview with Stephen Colbert, Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 5 April 2006.
Harvey Mansfield and Stephen collide in a perfect storm of man musk.

After Words: Manliness

- "After Words with Harvey Mansfield," interview with Naomi Wolf, C-SPAN, 15 March 2006.

Oldest Conflict of All

- "Oldest Conflict of All," Harvey Mansfield and Laura Kipnis, Chicago Humanities Festival, 2006.
At the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2006, Harvey C. Mansfield sat down with feminist author Laura Kipnis to discuss Mansfield’s book Manliness, and debated modern feminism.

Conservatism Today

- "Conservatism Today," lecture, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 3 June 2005.

Is Manliness A Virtue

- "Is Manliness A Virtue," lecture, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 27 February 2004.

Democracy in America

- "Democracy in America," Book Notes interview with Brian Lamb, C-SPAN, 17 October 2000.
Professor Harvey Mansfield discusses his recently published translation of Democracy in America.

Life and Work of Harvey Mansfield

- "Life and Work of Harvey Mansfield," panel discussion with William Kristol, W. Carey McWilliams, Thomas G. West, and George F. Will, C-SPAN, 1 September 2000.