Harvey Mansfield on Niccolò Machiavelli and the Origins of Modernity

Conversations with Bill Kristol, Dec. 2015.

Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield explains why we should consider Machiavelli not only the founder of modern politics but also a founder of modern science and economics. What was the character of Machiavelli’s critique of Christian morality? Why did he reject the political teaching of the ancient political philosophers like Plato and Aristotle? Harvey Mansfield addresses these and other questions in this provocative discussion of one of the most famous political thinkers of all time.