Tocqueville, democracy, and religion: checks and balances for democratic souls/ Alan S Kahan.
By: Kahan, Alan S.Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015Description: x, 246 p.ISBN: 9780199681150.Subject(s): Democracy-Religious aspects-Christianity | United States-Politics and governmentDDC classification: 322.1 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-230) and index (pages 231-246)
Introduction. 1. Theory: Tocqueville the moralist -- Enlightened and romantic roots of Tocqueville's moral science -- Democratic grandeur -- Checks and balances for democratic souls, religion and freedom -- Alternative spiritualities and alternatives to spirituality. 2. Applications: Religion in America -- Religion in France -- Religion elsewhere -- Tocqueville today. Appendix: methodology. Bibliography. Index.
A ground-breaking study of the views of the greatest theorist of democracy writing about one of our most pressing issues. Alan S. Kahan, a leading Tocqueville scholar, shows how Tocqueville's analysis of religion is simultaneously deeply rooted in his thoughts on nineteenth-century France and America and pertinent to us today--