by James T. Schleifer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509518883
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Classic Thinkers Series
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,094,071
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James T. Schleifer is emeritus Dean of the Library and Professor of History at the College of New Rochelle

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Ch. 1. Alexis de Tocqueville: A Brief Biography
  • Ch. 2. Tocqueville’s First Principles
  • Democracy on the March
  • Three Causes: Circumstances, Laws, and Mores
  • The Complexity of Society
  • Rejection of Absolutes
  • The Right of Property
  • Impartiality and Moderation
  • Ch. 3. Tocqueville’s Major Themes
  • Equality
  • Democracy
  • Liberty
  • Revolution
  • Ch. 4. Consequences of Democracy: How Does Democracy Change Society?
  • Harmful Consequences
  • Taste for Material Well-Being
  • The Reign of Commerce and Commercial Attitudes
  • Individualism
  • Tyranny of the Majority
  • Despotism of One Man
  • Centralization and the New Democratic Despotism
  • Beneficial Consequences
  • Social Energy, Economic Activity, and Increased Well-Being
  • Justice
  • Citizenship
  • Psychological Consequences: The New Democratic Man
  • Imagined Consequences
  • Ch. 5. Proposed Cures: What Is To Be Done?
  • Secondary Bodies: Localities, Provinces, and Associations
  • Individual Rights and Freedom of the Press
  • Interest Well Understood
  • Religion
  • Higher Purposes
  • Ch. 6. Tocqueville, Economic Ideas, and Social Reform
  • Economic Ideas
  • Social Reform
  • The Role of Government
  • Justice Revisited
  • Ch. 7. Tocqueville’s Reputation and Continuing Relevance
  • Initial Success and Enduring Interest
  • Resonances
  • Conclusion
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Works Cited and Consulted
  • Index

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