Tocqueville, Jansenism, and the Necessity of the Political in a Democratic Age - pr_287239

Tocqueville, Jansenism, and the Necessity of the Political in a Democratic Age

Building a Republic for the Moderns

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Before being declared heretical in 1713, Jansenism was a Catholic movement focused on such central issues as original sin and predestination. In this engaging book, David Selby explores how the Jansenist tradition shaped Alexis de Tocqueville's life and works and argues that once that connection is understood, we can apply Tocqueville's political thought in new and surprising ways. Moving from the historical sociology of Jansenism in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France to contemporary debates over the human right to education, the role of religion in democracy, and the nature of political freedom, Selby brings Tocqueville out of the past and makes him relevant to the present, revealing that there is still much to learn from this great theorist of democracy.

Product code: 9789089646057

ISBN 9789089646057
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Series Intellectual and Political History
No. Of Pages 284
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Engaging, interdisciplinary work exploring the influence of the Jansenist tradition on Alexis de Tocqueville's life and works. The most comprehensive treatment of the subject to date.