Liberty, Equality, Democracy

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This volumes explores the whole range of Alexis Tocqueville's ideas, from his political, literary and sociological theories to his concept of history, his religious beliefs, and his philosophical doctrines. Among the topics considered are: Tocqueville's beliefs about foreign policy as applied to American democracy; Tocqueville and Machiavelli on the art of being free; Tocqueville and the historical sociology of state; virtue and politics in Tocqueville; Tocqueville's debt to Rousseau and Pascal; Tocqueville's ...

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Overview

This volumes explores the whole range of Alexis Tocqueville's ideas, from his political, literary and sociological theories to his concept of history, his religious beliefs, and his philosophical doctrines. Among the topics considered are: Tocqueville's beliefs about foreign policy as applied to American democracy; Tocqueville and Machiavelli on the art of being free; Tocqueville and the historical sociology of state; virtue and politics in Tocqueville; Tocqueville's debt to Rousseau and Pascal; Tocqueville's analysis of the role of religion in preserving American democracy; Tocqueville and American literary critics; and Tocqueville and the postmodern refusal of history. The different approaches to Tocqueville's classical work represented in this book, combined with the frequent use of unpublished sources, present a fresh and renewed vision of his classic Democracy in America, reinforcing after a century and a half its reputation as the most modern, provocative, and profound attempt to explain the nature of democracy.
Contributing to the volume are: Pierre Birnbaum (University of Sorbonne), Herbert Dittgen (University of Goettingen), Joseph Alulis (Lake Forest College), Dalmacio Negro (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), Peter A. Lawler (Berry College), Catherine Zuckert (Carleton College), Francesco de Sanctis (Naples University), Hugh Brogan (University of Essex), Cushing Strout (Cornell University), Gisela Schlueter (Universitaet Hannover), Roger Boesche (Occidental College), Edward T. Gargan (University of Wisconsin), and James T. Schleifer (College of New Rochelle).

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"Nolla makes a strong presentation in gathering scholarly surveys of Alexis de Tocqueville's theories. Students of democratic theory will find it provoking."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757741
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Eduardo Nolla is Professor of Political Philosophy and chairman of the Department of Political Science at the Universitas Nebrissensis in Madrid. He has recently published the first critical, revised, and augmented edition of Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Angel and the Beast
1 The Hum: Condition: Tocqueville's Debt to Rousseau and Pascal 1
2 The Role of Religion in Preserving American Liberty-Tocqueville's Analysis 150 Years Later 21
The Virtues of Freedom
3 The People and the Great: Tocqueville and Machiavelli on the Art of Being Free 37
4 Virtue and Politics in Tocqueville 55
The Democratic State
5 Tocqueville Reconsidered: Foreign Policy and the American Democracy 75
6 Tocqueville and the Historical Sociology of State 91
The New Society
7 Tocqueville, a Phenomenology of the Social 103
8 The Question of Fraternity in Democracy in America 113
9 Pauperism and Democracy. Alexis de Tocqueville and Nassau Senior 129
The Writing of Democratic Man
10 Tocqueville and American Literary Critics 143
11 Democratic Literature: Tocqueville's Poetological Reflections and Dreams 153
The End of 1789
12 Why Did Tocqueville Think a Successful Revolution Was Impossible? 165
13 Tocqueville and the Postmodern Refusal of History 187
The Problem of the Two Democracies
14 How Many Democracies? 193
Notes on Contributors 207
Index 211
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