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

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University of Chicago Press, 15.05.1999 - 273 Seiten
In this fresh interpretation of Tocqueville's thought, Joshua Mitchell explores the dynamic interplay between religion and politics in American democracy.

Focusing on Democracy in America, The Fragility of Freedom examines Tocqueville's key works and argues that his analysis of democracy is ultimately rooted in an Augustinian view of human psychology. As much a work of political philosophy as of religion, The Fragility of Freedom argues for the importance of a political theology that recognizes moderation.

"An intelligent and sharply drawn portrait of a conservative Toqueville."—Anne C. Rose, Journal of American History

"I recommend this book as one of a very few to approach seriously the sources of Tocqueville's intellectual and moral greatness."—Peter Augustine Lawler, Journal of Politics

"Mitchell ably places Democracy in America in the long conversation of Western political and theological thought."—Wilfred M. McClay, First Things

"Learned and thought-provoking."—Peter Berkowitz, New Republic
 

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The Augustinian Self
40
1 Augustine and the Errancy from God
43
2 Hobbes and the Problem of Pride
56
3 Rousseau and the Errancy from Nature
66
4 Tocqueville and the Democratic Soul
78
Nietzsche and the Democratic Age
87
The Politics of Competition
102
2 Of Scale and Participation
105
10 Of the Sufficiency of Politics and Economics
156
Christianity and Democracy
162
The Depth of Identity
167
2 The Problem of Difference in a Democracy
178
3 Christianity as Palliative for Envy and Difference
183
4 The Indirect Effects of Christianity upon Democracy
193
5 Of LongTerm Goals
197
6 The Right Relationship between Politics and Religion
202

3 The Interrelation of Political and Economic Participation
115
4 Of Associations
120
The Solution to the Problem of Site and Authority
126
Mother Nature and Father Industriousness
132
7 When Boundaries Are Transgressed
141
8 Of Empire
147
9 Of Property and Rights
152
7 The Permanence of Religion
207
Conclusion
215
2 Asking Too Much of Government Asking Too Much of the World
223
3 What Is to Be Done?
233
4 Concluding Remarks
248
Bibliography
259
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Seite vi - And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

Über den Autor (1999)

Joshua Mitchell is associate professor of government at Georgetown University. He is the author of Not by Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early Modern Political Thought, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

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