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Tocqueville and American civilization

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Published by Transaction Publishers in New Brunswick, NJ .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de, -- 1805-1859.,
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de, -- 1805-1859.,
  • Democracy -- United States.,
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865.,
  • United States -- Social conditions -- To 1865.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementMax Lerner ; with a new introduction by Robert Schmuhl.
    ContributionsSchmuhl, Robert.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsJC229.T8
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL22278162M
    ISBN 101560007036

    The Americans do not read the works of Descartes, because their Tocqueville and American civilization book condition deters them from speculative studies; but they follow his maxims because this very social condition naturally disposes their understanding to adopt them. This first becomes apparent in the schools, where children play by their own rules and punish infractions they define themselves. Tocqueville was a social reformer and, like his contemporaries, he understood philanthropy to mean social reform. Democracy in America brilliantly captures and mimics in literary form the growth of an open, experimental society, a dynamic political order deeply aware of its own originality. Everybody there adopts great numbers of theories, on philosophy, morals, and politics, without inquiry, upon public trust; and if we look to it very narrowly, it will be perceived that religion herself holds her sway there, much less as a doctrine of revelation than as a commonly received opinion. Democracy, argued Tocqueville, spreads passion for the equalisation of power, property and status among people.

    His task would keep his mind in perpetual unrest, which would prevent him from penetrating to the depth of any truth, or of grappling his mind indissolubly to any conviction. As Tocqueville had foreseen, these social tensions Tocqueville and American civilization book exploded during the June Days Uprising of I have shown in the preceding chapter how the equality of conditions leads men to entertain a sort of instinctive incredulity of the supernatural, and a very lofty and often exaggerated opinion of the human understanding. Did Tocqueville have something to add about philanthropy, not its older acceptation of reform-oriented work, but its current meaning of giving for the common good? And I perceive how, under the dominion of certain laws, democracy would extinguish that liberty of the mind to which a democratic social condition is favorable; so that, after having broken all the bondage once imposed on it by ranks or by men, the human mind would be closely fettered to the general will of the greatest number. Thus, that independence of mind which equality supposes to exist, is never so great, nor ever appears so excessive, as at the time when equality is beginning to establish itself, and in the course of that painful labor by which it is established.

    Yet the problem with this idea is that it can quite easily lead to despotism. The same visitor was struck by the way American citizens casually wore caps and Tocqueville and American civilization book, how they spurned moustaches, chewed tobacco, and liked to chew the fat, hands in pockets. Most depressing to him was the increased political apathy and acquiescence of his fellow citizens in this rising paternalism. Despite a frail voice in a fragile body, distaste for the daily demands of parliamentary existence, and long periods of illness and nervous exhaustion, Tocqueville chose politics as his vocation and adhered to this choice until he was driven from office. He wanted a democracy where people could have the liberty to improve their own lot and at the same time contribute to the common good.


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Tocqueville and American civilization by Max Lerner Download PDF Ebook

Tocqueville was perhaps the first writer to show at length why modern representative democracy could not live with slavery, as classical assembly-based democracy had managed to do, admittedly with some discomfort.

His father was a loyal Tocqueville and American civilization book prefect and in was made a peer of France by Charles X. He seldom forces Tocqueville and American civilization book to act but consistently opposes action.

It might well lead, Tocqueville argued, to a new form of state servitude, the likes of which the world had never before seen. In the midst of the continual movement which agitates a democratic community, the tie which unites one generation to another is relaxed or broken; every man readily loses the trace of the ideas of his forefathers or takes no care about them.

Put simply, the first Tocqueville congratulates us, the second wants to convict us. The conflict was in a way a clash between two different historical eras. Tocqueville's perceptions remain breathtaking, such as his analysis of how Americans had come to dominate the transatlantic trade in a few short decades.

It becomes subject to something like a permanent democratisation. With the prizes and royalties from the book, he even found himself able to rebuild his ancestral chateau in Normandy. In such nations degradation is far less common than misery. As none of them is strong enough to fight alone with advantage, the only guarantee of liberty is for everyone to combine forces.

Talk of the God-given nature of things appears from time to time between the lines of Democracy in America. It must never be forgotten that religion gave birth to Anglo-American society. American officials could keep their indefinite power yet cease to be answerable to anyone, and it is impossible to say where tyranny would then end.

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During this period, probably the happiest and most optimistic of his life, Tocqueville was named to the Legion of Honourthe Academy of Moral and Political Sciencesand the French Academy True community is becoming increasingly rare.

But soon enough I was enjoying it all, including the rivalry. In andhe traveled to Algeria.

Books by Alexis de Tocqueville

By the act of the master, or by the will of the Tocqueville and American civilization book, it will cease; and in either case great calamities may be expected to ensue.

When done in the name of the sovereign people, as Tocqueville expected it would, government intervention and meddling in the affairs of civil society would choke the spirit of civil association. But some things do change: Tocqueville would have been amazed at the blogosphere, where absolutely nobody retreats into silence.

Tocqueville also pointed out that these civil associations had radical social implications. Their circumstances, background, enlightenment, and, most of all, mores enabled them to establish and maintain the sovereignty of the people.

Judges are appointed, not elected, and they serve life terms, giving them a great deal of independence to make the decisions that they think best without needing to worry excessively about public opinion.Alexis de Tocqueville, political scientist, historian, and politician, best known for Democracy in America, 4 vol.

(–40), a perceptive analysis of the political and social system of the United States in the early 19th century. Tocqueville was a great-grandson of the statesman Chrétien de.

Book Two: Influence Of Democracy On Progress Of Opinion. De Tocqueville's Preface To The Second Part As social bodies advance in civilization, they acquire the knowledge of new facts, and they daily lay hold almost unconsciously of some particular truths.

Tocqueville’s America

American authors may truly be said to live more in England than in their own. Book One. Introduction. Hon. John T. Morgan. Introductory Chapter. The last of the four volumes of M. de Tocqueville's work upon American institutions appeared in The remarks I have made will suffice to display the character of Anglo-American civilization in its true light.

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