GOV 382M • Tocqueville
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Consent of the graduate adviser must be obtained. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This graduate seminar will be devoted to close readings of two principal writings of Tocqueville: Democracy in America and The Ancien Regime and the Revolution. We will also assess some of the best secondary studies of Tocqueville, including work by Sheldon Wolin, Harvey Mansfield, Delba Winthrop, Jon Elster, Francois Furet, and a book by Pierre Manent.
Tocqueville, Democracy in America, eds.,. Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop (University of Chicago Press, 2002) Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the Revolution, Volume I: The Complete Text. eds., Francois Furet and Francoise Melonio., (University of Chicago Press, 2004) Wolin, Tocqueville Between Two Worlds: The Making of a Political and Theoretical Life (Princeton University Press, 2003) Manent, Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996) & a packet of articles.