Quest Courses – Fall 2023 / History and Philosophy / TOCQUEVILLE’S DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA: A CLASSIC FOR OUR TIME
Coordinators: Sandy Kessler, Ellie Schaffer
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835;1840) is considered one of the greatest commentaries ever written on American life.
In our class, we shall examine those parts of the Democracy that are most relevant to America today. Topics to be considered include Tocqueville’s views on our national character, the role of religion in our national life, the greatest threats to our freedom, the resources we have to preserve our freedom, and the tasks of statesmanship. We shall also examine those parts of the Democracy where Tocqueville’s analysis of America seems to have fallen short.
A WEEK / WEDNESDAY / 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
- MEXICO: SOUTH OF OUR BORDER
- HISTORY OF MEDICINE
- HARLEM RENAISSANCE
- CONSTRUCTION: BEYONE BRICKS AND MORTAR
- NYC AND ITS ENVIRONS
- EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
- FASCINATING NONFICTION