The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future

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Joshua Mitchell offers a fresh interpretation of Toqueville as a moral historian, concerned less with history as an objective record of the past than as a disclosure of the trajectory of the human spirit. Though Tocqueville is the dominating figure, Mitchell also examines Augustine, Hobbes, Rousseau, Hegel, and Nietzsche. Mitchell argues that Tocqueville's analysis of democracy is ultimately founded in an Augustinian idea of human psychology in which the soul or self alternately seeks withdrawal from the world or restive ...

The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future 1999, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226532097

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The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future 1995, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226532080

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