Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty

Awards:   Winner of Winner of the 2008 Prix Guizot, Academie francaise 2008 (France)
Author:   Lucien Jaume ,  Arthur Goldhammer
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
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9780691152042


Pages:   360
Publication Date:   24 March 2013
Format:   Hardback
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Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty


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  • Winner of Winner of the 2008 Prix Guizot, Academie francaise 2008 (France)

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Author:   Lucien Jaume ,  Arthur Goldhammer
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.624kg
ISBN:  

9780691152042


ISBN 10:   0691152047
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   24 March 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Language:   English

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 PART ONE. WHAT DID TOCQUEVILLE MEAN BY DEMOCRACY ? 15 1. Attacking the French Tradition: Popular Sovereignty Redefined in and through Local Liberties 21 2. Democracy as Modern Religion 65 3. Democracy as Expectation of Material Pleasures 82 PART TWO. TOCQUEVILLE AS SOCIOLOGIST 95 4. In the Tradition of Montesquieu: The State-Society Analogy 101 5. Counterrevolutionary Traditionalism: A Muffled Polemic 106 6. The Discovery of the Collective 115 7. Tocqueville and the Protestantism of His Time: The Insistent Reality of the Collective 129 PART THREE. TOCQUEVILLE AS MORALIST 145 8. The Moralist and the Question of l'Honnete 147 9. Tocqueville's Relation to Jansenism 159 PART FOUR. TOCQUEVILLE IN LITERATURE: DEMOCRATIC LANGUAGE WITHOUT DECLARED AUTHORITY 193 10. Resisting the Democratic Tendencies of Language 199 11. Tocqueville in the Debate about Literature and Society 226 PART FIVE: THE GREAT CONTEMPORARIES: MODELS AND COUNTERMODELS 249 12. Tocqueville and Guizot: Two Conceptions of Authority 251 13. Tutelary Figures from Malesherbes to Chateaubriand 291 Conclusion 319 Appendix 1. The Use of Anthologies and Summaries in Tocqueville's Time 327 Appendix 2. Silvestre de Sacy, Review of Democracy in America 328 Appendix 3. Letter from Alexis de Tocqueville to Silvestre de Sacy 335 Index 337

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This astute study of Alexis de Tocqueville and his landmark political study, Democracy in America (published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840, respectively), offers insights into the Frenchman's life and times and how they shaped his perspective on the newborn American republic... Jaume does a fine job of interpreting Tocqueville's concept of the authority exercised by the public at large in a democratic America as (in Tocqueville's words) 'a sort of religion, with the majority as its prophet.' His volume provides a thorough understanding of Tocqueville's timeless work as a product of its time. Publishers Weekly


This astute study of Alexis de Tocqueville and his landmark political study, Democracy in America (published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840, respectively), offers insights into the Frenchman's life and times and how they shaped his perspective on the newborn American republic... Jaume does a fine job of interpreting Tocqueville's concept of the authority exercised by the public at large in a democratic America as (in Tocqueville's words) 'a sort of religion, with the majority as its prophet.' His volume provides a thorough understanding of Tocqueville's timeless work as a product of its time. Publishers Weekly This is one of the finest studies of Tocqueville in years. It will prove invaluable to scholars. Library Journal


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Lucien Jaume is a philosopher, political scientist, and historian of ideas. The author of a number of books, he is research director at France's Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po. He teaches in Paris, Rome, and Shanghai.

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