- Title Pages
- Part One What Did Tocqueville Mean by “Democracy”?
- 1 Attacking the French Tradition
- 2 Democracy as Modern Religion
- 3 Democracy as Expectation of Material Pleasures
- Part Two Tocqueville as Sociologist
- 4 In the Tradition of Montesquieu
- 5 Counterrevolutionary Traditionalism
- 6 The Discovery of the Collective
- 7 Tocqueville and the Protestantism of His Time
- Part Three Tocqueville as Moralist
- 8 The Moralist and the Question of <i>l’Honnête</i>
- 9 Tocqueville’s Relation to Jansenism
- Part Four Tocqueville in Literature: Democratic Language Without Declared Authority
- 10 Resisting the Democratic Tendencies of Language
- 11 Tocqueville in the Debate about Literature and Society
- 12 Tocqueville and Guizot
- 13 Tutelary Figures from Malesherbes to Chateaubriand
- Appendix 1 The Use of Anthologies and Summaries in Tocqueville’s Time
- Appendix 2 Silvestre de Sacy, Review of <i>Democracy in America</i>
- Appendix 3 Letter from Alexis de Tocqueville to Silvestre de Sacy
- (p.1) Introduction
Lucien Jaume, Arthur Goldhammer
- Princeton University Press
This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to combine a study of context with an internal reading. Rather than offering a commentary on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, it attempts an interpretation based on signs, indices, and even stylistic turns of an author who revealed himself even as he attempted to draw a veil over his own views, and who can also be heard speaking in a different register in his correspondence and manuscripts as well as in the accounts of his contemporaries. To sharpen the intellectual portrait of Tocqueville the man, we need to identify the various levels of meaning contained in the text and the various audiences to which it was addressed.
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