Daniel J. Mahoney

About Daniel J. Mahoney

Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Politics at Assumption College. He received his B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in political science. In 1999, Professor Mahoney was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron. He is associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor for Society magazine. A renowned expert on French political philosophy, his books also include the critically acclaimed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology.

Ballast on the Ship of State: Statesmanship as Human Excellence

By |2021-02-12T15:17:47-06:00February 14th, 2021|Categories: Classics, Politics, Virtue|

The true statesman embodies in the depths of his soul the cardinal virtues—courage, temperance, prudence, justice—as well as a commitment to political liberty or self-government and a principled and passionate opposition to the negation of civilized life that is tyranny in its various forms. The founding fathers of modern republicanism had no qualms about appealing [...]

Rescuing the Meaning of “Culture”

By |2017-04-29T09:57:21-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Literature|

We would be wise to stop using the word culture in ways that undermine respect for the authentic cultivation of the human soul and the human mind… References to “culture” are omnipresent in contemporary discourse, even as the word has lost almost all coherence. A word that used to refer to the demanding cultivation of [...]

Should We Love Democracy?

By |2016-04-30T12:21:28-05:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: Democracy, Equality, Featured, Freedom, Liberty|

Liberty and equality are the uncontested “values” of the modern world. They have been paid lip service to by all the parties, including the Communists, who did so much to smother them in the course of the twentieth century (hence the ubiquitous “people’s republics” that brought untold misery to a third of the globe). Some have even argued that we [...]

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