Course Schedule – 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
See the timely Next Week at Quest documents for class details