Instructor: Dennis Bathory
Instructor’s email: email@example.com
Days, times, location: Wed 9:50 – 12:50 Scott 207 CAC
Office Hours: Hickman 206, Tu & Th, 12 – 1:30
Synopsis: This course is a seminar with emphasis both on a careful reading of the assigned works of Alexis de Tocqueville and the historical, political and intellectual worlds relevant to his life and thought. We will examine the origins of American democratic thought and practice as understood by Tocqueville in Democracy in America and George Wilson Pierson’s superb review of Tocqueville’s brief visit to America. These will be supplemented with occasional secondary readings which suggest the relevance of his analysis both for the history of political thought and for contemporary American democratic thought and action. In the second half of the course we will turn to Tocqueville’s assessment of France first through his account of the events leading to the French Revolution in The Old Regime and the French Revolution, then via his notes on the Revolution itself and finally through a review of his analysis of the Revolution of 1848 in France – published in his Recollections.