Greatness in a Democratic Education

October 1, 2006 by Harvey C. Mansfield Download PDF Press Release

Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield speaks of the difference between excellence and greatness, and he reminds us of the greatness of America’s Founding Fathers when he remarks, “Any American education in greatness could begin by appealing to the admiration most of us already have for those who initiated the society we now enjoy.” Professor Mansfield delivered his remarks on October 6, 2006 upon accepting the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education in Boston, with an introduction by Paul A. Cantor.


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