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Democracy in America : Hackett Classics - Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America

Hackett Classics

By: Alexis de Tocqueville, Sanford Kessler (Abridged By), Stephen D. Grant (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780872204942
Number Of Pages: 368

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This new abridged translation of Democracy in America reflects the rich Tocqueville scholarship of the past forty years, and restores chapters central to Tocqueville's analysis absent from previous abridgments—including his discussions of enlightened self-interest and the public's influence on ethical standards. Judicious notes and a thoughtful Introduction offer aids to the understanding of a masterpiece of nineteenth-century social thought that continues in our own day to illuminate debates about the roles of liberty and equality in American life.

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A handy paperback edition offered primarily to teachers and students who can make no pretense of reading the entirety of the large work, but who want to sample some of its chief delights. . . . [Grant gives us an] exemplary translation . . . marked above all by great accuracy and fidelity to Tocqueville's text. . . . Kessler's editor's Introduction is a model introduction to a classic text for today's students. It is clearly written, compact (without being too short or dense), and nicely structured. . . . A tour--and translation--well worth the price of admission. --Paul Seaton, Perspectives on Political Science A fine piece of work. Kessler has presented one of the best summaries of Tocqueville's thought that I know of. The translation represents a clear improvement over both the Bradley translation and the Lawrence translation. In numerous cases, Grant has provided extremely useful notes covering the range of meanings and historical background of important concepts. Anyone teaching a course calling for selections from Tocqueville cannot do better than this volume. --Christopher Kelly, Boston College This is an excellent product--a major improvement over the other available versions. I will use it when I teach Tocqueville. --Donald T. Maletz, University of Oklahoma

Introduction
The Point of Departure and Its Importance for the Future of the Anglo-Americansp. 26
The Social State of the Anglo-Americansp. 45
The Principle of the Sovereignty of the People in Americap. 54
The Necessity of Studying What Happens within the Particular States before Discussing the Government of the Unionp. 57
The Judicial Power in the United States and Its Influence on Political Societyp. 99
The Federal Constitutionp. 113
How It Can Be Strictly Said That in the United States It Is the People That Governp. 177
Parties in the United Statesp. 178
Liberty of the Press in the United Statesp. 185
The Government of Democracy in Americap. 202
What Are the Real Advantages That American Society Derives from Democratic Governmentp. 241
The Omnipotence of the Majority in the United States and Its Effectsp. 257
What Tempers the Tyranny of the Majority in the United Statesp. 273
Principal Causes That Tend to Maintain the Democratic Republic in the United Statesp. 289
Some Considerations on the Present State and Probable Future of the Three Races That Inhabit the Territory of the United Statesp. 331
The Philosophic Method of the Americansp. 11
The Principal Source of Beliefs among Democratic Peoplesp. 16
How, in the United States, Religion Is Able to Make Use of Democratic Instinctsp. 27
The Progress of Catholicism in the United Statesp. 35
How Equality Suggests to Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Manp. 39
Why the Americans Are More Devoted to the Practice of the Sciences Than to Their Theoryp. 46
The Industry of Literaturep. 66
Why the Study of Greek and Latin Literature Is Especially Useful in Democratic Societiesp. 67
Some Particular Tendencies of Historians in Democratic Timesp. 89
Why Democratic Peoples Show a More Ardent and More Lasting Love for Equality Than for Libertyp. 101
Individualism in Democratic Countriesp. 105
How the Americans Combat Individualism by Free Institutionsp. 109
The Use That the Americans Make of the Association in Civil Lifep. 113
The Relationship between Associations and Newspapersp. 118
Relationships between Civil and Political Associationsp. 122
How the Americans Combat Individualism by the Doctrine of Interest Rightly Understoodp. 127
How the Americans Apply the Doctrine of Interest Rightly Understood in Matters of Religionp. 131
The Taste for Material Well-Being in Americap. 134
The Particular Effects That the Love of Material Pleasures Produces in Democratic Timesp. 137
Why Certain Americans Display Such an Intense Spiritualismp. 140
Why the Americans Prove to Be So Uneasy in the Midst of Their Well-Beingp. 142
How Religious Beliefs Sometimes Turn the Soul of Americans toward Spiritual Pleasuresp. 149
How, in Times of Equality and of Skepticism, It Is Important to Place the Goal of Human Actions at a Greater Distancep. 155
Why, among the Americans, All Honest Occupations Are Considered Honorablep. 158
What Makes Almost All Americans Lean toward Industrial Occupationsp. 160
How Aristocracy May Emerge from Industryp. 164
How Moral Habits Become Milder as Conditions Become More Equalp. 171
Influence of Democracy on the Familyp. 200
The Education of Young Women in the United Statesp. 206
How the Young Woman Reappears in the Features of the Wifep. 209
How Equality of Conditions Contributes to the Maintenance of Good Morals in Americap. 212
How the Americans Understand the Equality of Man and Womanp. 219
How the Aspect of Society, in the United States, Is at Once Agitated and Monotonousp. 236
On Honor in the United States and in Democratic Societiesp. 238
Why There Are So Many Ambitious Men and So Few Great Ambitions in the United Statesp. 250
Why Great Revolutions Will Become Rarep. 258
Equality Naturally Gives to Men the Taste for Free Institutionsp. 295
That the Ideas of Democratic Peoples Regarding Government Are Naturally Favorable to the Concentration of Powersp. 297
That the Sentiments of Democratic Peoples Accord with Their Ideas in Leading Them to Concentrate Powerp. 300
What Kind of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fearp. 322
Continuation of the Preceding Chaptersp. 328
General View of the Subjectp. 336
Notesp. 341
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ISBN: 9780872204942
ISBN-10: 0872204944
Series: Hackett Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.31

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