Tocqueville on Aristocratic and Democratic Liberty


The purpose of this conference was to analyze the constituent characteristics of democracy "in the mirror" of aristocracy. We hope to explore what differences exist between aristocratic and democratic liberty, to consider whether aristocracy has indeed vanished, and to consider in what sense aristocracy and aristocratic liberty may still be useful to democracy.


Conference Readings

Tocqueville, Alexis de. The Old Regime and the Revolution. Edited by Alan S. Kahan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America: (Bilingual Edition). Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010.