PLSC 114 - Lecture 23 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Lecture 23 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Overview

Professor Smith discusses the moral and psychological components of the democratic state in the context of Tocqueville's Democracy in America. He goes on to explore the institutional development of the democratic state, the qualities of the democratic individual, and the psychological determinants of the democratic character. The ethic of self-interest is addressed, understood as an antidote to an ethic of fame and glory. Finally, Tocqueville is presented as a political educator and his views on the role of statesmen in a democratic age are expounded.

Resources

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Henry Reeve
Electronic edition deposited and marked-up by ASGRP, the American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia, June 1, 1997
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html

Assignment

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 500-08, 535-39, 589-99, 661-65, 673-76 (Mansfield and Winthrop edition)

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