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Lecture 23 -  Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Lecture 23 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

This video was recorded at PLSC 114 - Introduction to Political Philosophy. 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. Reading assignment: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 500-08, 535-39, 589-99, 661-65, 673-76 (Mansfield and Winthrop edition) Resources: Alexis de... Show More


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