Tocqueville on Liberty and the Problems of Democracy


This colloquium examined issues such as democratic despotism, the tyranny of the majority, federalism, separation of powers, the role of religion, Tocqueville’s concept of interest well understood, the importance of mores, and the issue of slavery.


Conference Readings

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America (De la Démocratie en Amérique). Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2009.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Tocqueville on America After 1840: Letters and Other Writings. Edited by Aurelian Craiutu and Jeremy Jennings. Translated by Aurelian Craiutu and Jeremy Jennings. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.