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More than kings and less than men : Tocqueville on the promise and perils of democratic individualism

Author: L Joseph Hebert
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2010.
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"More than Kings and Less than Men: Tocqueville on the Promise and Perils of Democratic Individualism examines Alexis de Tocqueville's hopes and fears for modern democracy, arguing that the distinctive political philosophy informing Democracy in America can help us to think more profoundly about the problems facing liberal democratic society today. L. Joseph Hebert Jr. argues that Tocqueville saw the historical  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: L Joseph Hebert
ISBN: 0739133748 9780739133743 0739133764 9780739133767
OCLC Number: 434126287
Description: xi, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : why Tockqueville? Why individualism? --
Democracy, political science, and human nature --
Liberty, rights, and justice in the new world --
Majority tyranny, administrative despotism, and the triumph of individualism --
Citizenship : democracy vs. self-government? --
Religion : separation, or political institution? --
Democratic statesmanship then and now --
Conclusion : liberty and the recovery of human greatness.
Responsibility: L. Joseph Hebert.

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"More than Kings and Less than Men: Tocqueville on the Promise and Perils of Democratic Individualism examines Alexis de Tocqueville's hopes and fears for modern democracy, arguing that the distinctive political philosophy informing Democracy in America can help us to think more profoundly about the problems facing liberal democratic society today. L. Joseph Hebert Jr. argues that Tocqueville saw the historical power of democracy as originating in its promise to liberate human nature, and the greatness it is capable of achieving, from the artificial constraints of conventional hierarchy. He probes Tocqueville's fear that the momentum of democratic change may violate that promise by neglecting or even stifling human greatness in the name of an artificial equality of conditions. Hebert explains why Tocqueville saw the need for a "new political science" to regulate democracy, and why Tocqueville thought that the central task of this science, supported by enlightened statesmanship, was to combat "individualism," an extreme form of civic, moral, and intellectual apathy capable of ushering in a historically unprecedented form of despotism." --Book Jacket.

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