Interpreting Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Interpreting Tocqueville's Democracy in America

By: Ken Masugi (author)Hardback

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In this book a collection of scholars probe "Democracy in America"'s understanding of the modern world from the perspective of political theory. The 18 authors provide original analyses, ranging from close textual exegeses to applications of Tocqueville's method - in one case to contemporary Asia. Race, women's liberation, capitalism, bureaucracy, individualism, religion and alienation are among the subjects covered. The book does not seek to cover every facet of Tocqueville's analysis of America, but rather to bring out significant themes, especially those of interest to political theorists, which have otherwise not been fully appreciated. The contributors treat Tocqueville as a serious political philosopher, though they disagree on whether theory or practice was his ultimate objective.

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Ken Masugi teaches for Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs, in Washington, D.C.


Part 1 Tocqueville and political thought: two ways of conceiving the Republic, Jean Claude Lamberti; in search of the "new science of politics", Wilhelm Hennis; a liberal of a new kind, Bruce James Smith; democracy and pantheism, Peter Augustine Lawler; political sociology versus speculative philosophy, Catherine H. Zuckert. Part 2 Tocqueville and politics: misunderstanding the American founding, Thomas G. West; Jefferson and Tocqueville, James T. Schleifer; modern commerce, John Adams Wettergreen; the illiberal Tocqueville, Edward C. Banfield; centralized administration and the "new despotism", John Marini; political science, political culture and the role of the intellectual, James W. Caeser. Part 3 Tocqueville and Mores: the quest for self - individualism, morality, politics, Robert N. Bellah; the uses and hazards of Christianity in an attempt to save democratic souls, Ralph C. Hancock; rights - a point of honor, Delba Winthrop; on the central doctrine of "democracy in America", George Anastaplo; racial equality in America, William D. Richardson; women's liberation - the relevance of Tocqueville, William Kristol; an Asian perspective, Sombat Chantornvong.

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  • publication date: 01/10/1991
  • ISBN13: 9780847677115
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 548
  • ID: 9780847677115
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0847677117

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