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Introduction to Political Philosophy - Lecture 22

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Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America II

Three main features that Tocqueville regarded as central to American democracy are discussed: the importance of local government, the concept of "civil association," and "the spirit of religion." The book is not simply a celebration of the democratic experience in America; Tocqueville is deeply worried about the potential of a democratic tyranny.

Prof. Steven B. Smith
PLSC 114 Introduction to Political Philosophy, Fall 2006
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2008-12-29
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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