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Harvey Mansfield

Datum narození: 21. březen 1932

Harvey Claflin Mansfield Jr. is an American political philosopher. He is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1962. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center; he also received the National Humanities Medal in 2004 and delivered the Jefferson Lecture in 2007. He is a Carol G. Simon Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is notable for his generally conservative stance on political issues in his writings.

Mansfield is the author and co-translator of studies of and/or by major political philosophers such as Aristotle, Edmund Burke, Niccolò Machiavelli, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Thomas Hobbes, of Constitutional government, and of Manliness . In interviews Mansfield has acknowledged the work of Leo Strauss as the key modern influence on his own political philosophy.Among his most notable former students include: Charles R. Kesler, Mark Blitz, Tom Cotton, Andrew Sullivan, Alan Keyes, William Kristol, Clifford Orwin, Paul Cantor, Delba Winthrop, Mark Lilla, Francis Fukuyama, Sharon Krause and Shen Tong. Wikipedia

Citáty Harvey Mansfield

„The simplified notion of self-interest used by our political and social science cannot tolerate the tension between one’s own and the good, for that tension leaves human behavior unpredictable.“

—  Harvey Mansfield

How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007)
Kontext: The simplified notion of self-interest used by our political and social science cannot tolerate the tension between one’s own and the good, for that tension leaves human behavior unpredictable. One cannot penetrate into every individual’s private thoughts, and there is no clear way to judge among different conceptions of the good. So in order to overcome the tension, science tries to combine one’s own and the good in such a way as to preserve neither. It generalizes one’s own as the interest of an average or, better to say, predictable individual who lives his life quantifiably so as to make its study easier for the social scientist. And for the same purpose it vulgarizes the good by eliminating the high and the mighty in our souls (not to mention the low and vicious), transforming our aspiration to nobility and truth into personal preferences of whose value science is incognizant, to which it is indifferent.

„The demand for more civility in politics today should be directed toward improving the quality of our insults, seeking civility in wit rather than blandness.“

—  Harvey Mansfield

How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007)
Kontext: People want to stand for something, which means opposing those who stand for something else. In the course of opposing they will often resort to insults and name-calling, which are normal in politics though never in your interest. The demand for more civility in politics today should be directed toward improving the quality of our insults, seeking civility in wit rather than blandness.

„If self-interest is obvious, it is not really your very own; it has been generalized, perhaps artificially.“

—  Harvey Mansfield

How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007)
Kontext: Self-interest, when simple, is universal; I would do the same as you. I would be propelled toward an obvious good, or toward a good I thought obvious. If self-interest is obvious, it is not really your very own; it has been generalized, perhaps artificially.

„People want to stand for something, which means opposing those who stand for something else.“

—  Harvey Mansfield

How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007)
Kontext: People want to stand for something, which means opposing those who stand for something else. In the course of opposing they will often resort to insults and name-calling, which are normal in politics though never in your interest. The demand for more civility in politics today should be directed toward improving the quality of our insults, seeking civility in wit rather than blandness.

„To overcome the resistance to truth, literature makes use of fictions that are images of truth.“

—  Harvey Mansfield

How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007)
Kontext: Literature... seeks to entertain — and why is this?... The reason, fundamentally, is that literature knows something that science does not: the human resistance to hearing the truth. Science does not inform scientists of this basic fact.... The wisdom of literature arises mainly from its attention to this point. To overcome the resistance to truth, literature makes use of fictions that are images of truth.

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