Alexis de Tocqueville

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  • Civilized Society By Alexis De Tocqueville

    The United States of America is a country with strong beliefs. Yet for centuries, despite our resolute opinions and insistence that we are a “civilized” society, we have paid little attention to key schools of philosophy. This is part of Alexis de Tocqueville’s assertion that while we act within a set of cultural rules, we have done very little to challenge or discuss what our core values actually are. We rely instead on the self, and the “indefinite perfectibility” of man – the concept that we are capable of and should strive for unlimited progress. Tocqueville first views the subject through the eyes of an aristocratic society that focuses instead on imperfectability. These older cultures claimed that while progress can be made, there are certain impassable limits. While humans are capable of improvement, they are not capable of serious change, for we have nearly, if not already, achieved our highest level of greatness. Viewing this concept through a modern lens, we think it ridiculous to limit ourselves in such a way. When looking at progress made in the past several centuries, it is easy to recognize some of the advancements we have made. Though not every step forward is met with a solution to an issue, it is still a step forward. In this way, Tocqueville’s concept of perfectibility should remain upheld. However, striving for…

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  • Alexis De Tocqueville Pursuit Of Equality Analysis

    From his extensive observations of the American people and their regime, Alexis De Tocqueville wrote the “the principle of equality has quietly penetrated deep into the institutions and manners of the country” (Tocqueville, 630). Tocqueville’s focus on the principle of equality in Democracy in America conveys his belief that the pursuit of equality lies deep in the soul of America, manifesting itself in many forms and ways in both theory and practice. Thus, the principle of equality greatly…

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  • Patriotism: Alexis De Tocqueville

    Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris, France on July 29, 1805. He was born into an aristocratic family and had a relatively privileged life. His father, Herve-Bonaventure Clerel de Tocqueville, had a career in the French military as a second lieutenant. When Tocqueville was 16 years old he went to the college Royal in Metz, France to study philosophy. It was at this time that Tocqueville developed a passion for politics and he began to question the French aristocratic system. Afterwards,…

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  • Alexis De Tocqueville Analysis

    Even though half a century separates Alexis de Tocqueville from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, both theorists share similar views on several topics including the foundation of a regime, the organization of a political power and its exercise. Tocqueville can be read in a continuity from Rousseau's ideals. In the The Social Contract (1762), Rousseau proposes a model of society where men consent to obligations in exchange for peace and security. Through this contract, citizens acquire a stable…

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  • Alexius De Tocqueville Research Paper

    one in the same: Alexis De Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a well-respected writer, philosopher and overall scholar of the 19th century, but he never could quite figure out one very important piece of the democratic puzzle: women. He spoke highly of the American woman; however, he took diminutive time truly getting to know her or gather her insight. Therefore, although he had the right intentions, he left America with observations on the female gender that were far from accurate. Tocqueville noted…

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  • Inequality In Alez De Tocqueville

    Imagine a man who is so smart that he clearly observes major enlightenments and downfalls of a new nation. Now, imagine a man who is so shy he rarely talks to women. These two men are one in the same, more commonly known as, Alexis De Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a great writer, philosopher and overall scholar of his time, but he never could quite figure out one very important piece of the democratic puzzle, women. He spoke highly of the American woman; however, he took diminutive time truly…

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  • The Importance Of The Black Slave Dream

    the situation we are born into plays a vital role in our achievement. Some are born with a lot of privilege, starting within strides of success, while others are born without privilege, making success seem unattainable. In his book, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville argues that all men are equal in a democracy, and that all can achieve their ambitions, completely disregarding the role of race and socio-economic class. French historian and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville…

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  • Tocqueville Threats To Democracy Essay

    In 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville published the first edition of his book De la démocratie en Amérique (Democracy in America). Here he made observations on the democracy being established in the United States, and the threats it could face. In this paper I will address and analyze the question: How are we less free and democratic in the United States today? I will use Tocqueville’s insights from Democracy in America and pull from a variety of other authors to back his claims. As well, I will build…

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  • How Does Growth And Progress Affect The American Dream

    In fact, it is so awe-inspiring, that Alexis de Tocqueville wrote a whole book about it. The opportunities for growth, the culture that surrounds people to constantly strive for success, and the fixation on progress that is ingrained into the average American citizen’s mindset is special. Tocqueville understood that the practices of improvement in America was an uncommon trait. And although there are some who claim that America’s recent economic stagnation creates an inhibitory factor in the…

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  • The Importance Of Individualism In Society

    Through these features of American democracy which de Tocqueville noted, Americans are able to balance individualism with the good of the community. The love which people in democratic nations have for both equality and liberty, results in Americans being motivated by ideals of personal gain and private interest. De Tocqueville does not imply that these rights of liberty and equality should be expelled. Rather, he believes that a political system aimed toward the benefit of the common good…

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