The Restless Mind: Alexis de Tocqueville on the Origin and Perpetuation of Human Liberty

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This book offers the most comprehensive account yet published of Alexis de Tocqueville's extraordinary thought and life. Peter Augustine Lawler makes clear the understanding of the human condition that is at the foundation of Tocqueville's mixed and elusive view of human liberty.
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Editorial Reviews

The Intercollegiate Review
Lawler paints a picture that is significantly more interesting, complete, and accurate than that presented by the bulk of the Tocqueville literature.
First Things
A learned and sympathetic profile of Tocqueville and his thought . . .
Lawler's book synthesizes Tocqueville's thought into a convenient, thoughtful, critical analysis of an influential postmodern writer.
Delba Winthrop
A wonderful book. It will be impossible for serious Tocqueville scholars to ignore it. It is simply the only book I know of that offers a coherent interpretation of Tocqueville's writings and, indeed, of his life as a whole.
Glenn Tinder
. . . highly original and extremely thoughtful . . . everyone interested in liberty can learn from it.
Roger Boesche
. . . opens up new avenues in the study of Tocqueville.
Lawler's book synthesizes Tocqueville's thought into a convenient, thoughtful, critical analysis of an influential postmodern writer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847678242
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Augustine Lawler, professor of political science at Berry College, is coeditor, with Joseph Alulis, of Tocqueville's Defense of Human Liberty (1992) and coeditor, with Robert Schaefer, of American Political Rhetoric, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 1990).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Socialism 11
2 Pantheism 33
3 Poetry and History 51
4 Tocqueville, Rousseau, and Pascal 73
5 Was Tocqueville a Philosopher? 89
6 Greatness 109
7 Greatness and Democracy 125
8 Religion 141
9 Tocqueville and the End of History 159
Notes 175
Index 195
About the Author 201
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