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Tocqueville, democracy, and religion : checks and balances for democratic souls

Author: Alan S Kahan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A ground-breaking study of the views of the greatest theorist of democracy writing about one of our most pressing issues. Alan S. Kahan, a leading Tocqueville scholar, shows how Tocqueville's analysis of religion is simultaneously deeply rooted in his thoughts on nineteenth-century France and America and pertinent to us today--
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan S Kahan
ISBN: 9780199681150 0199681155
OCLC Number: 907131373
Description: x, 246 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. 1. Theory: Tocqueville the moralist --
Enlightened and romantic roots of Tocqueville's moral science --
Democratic grandeur --
Checks and balances for democratic souls, religion and freedom --
Alternative spiritualities and alternatives to spirituality. 2. Applications: Religion in America --
Religion in France --
Religion elsewhere --
Tocqueville today. Appendix: methodology. Bibliography. Index.
Responsibility: Alan S. Kahan.
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