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Harvey Mansfield

Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, studies and teaches political philosophy. He has written on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Machiavelli and[…]

Religion, Harvey Mansfield says, conforms to each person’s sense of importance.

Question: Does religion inform your worldview?

Harvey Mansfield: Religion I am very respectful towards and try to have a … make a serious study of. In this talk I mentioned in Washington, I gave a brief … very brief argument in favor of natural religion. Religion, I think, represents and conforms to each person’s sense of importance … a place of his own … his very own place in the universe of things. Religion, I think, is aware of this, and modern philosophy, modern political science or modern science is not so aware of this. Or perhaps sometimes even altogether oblivious of this.

Recorded on: 6/13/07

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