Political Theory

Democracy and its Tension with Liberty


This conference addressed the relationship between democracy and liberty, primarily through reading European critics and defenders of democracy. The centerpiece of this colloquium was José Ortega y Gasset’s most important work, Revolt of the Masses. Other readings were from Aristotle, Jefferson and Adams, Tocqueville, and Nietzsche.


Conference Readings

Adams, John and Thomas Jefferson. The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence. Edited by Lester J. Cappon. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by J.A.K. Thomson. London: Penguin Books, 2004.

de Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. Translated by Gerald E. Bevan. New York: Penguin Books , 2003.

Gasset, Ortega Y. On Love. Translated by Talbot, Toby. New York: Greenwitch Editions, 1957.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Portable Nietzsche. Translated by Kaufmann, Walter. New York: Penguin, 1982.

Ortega y Gasset, Jose. Man and Crisis. Translated by Mildred Adams. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1962.

Ortega y Gasset, José. The Revolt of the Masses. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993.