Tocqueville, Alexis de

French author, statesman, and political scientist, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859) is best known for his 1830 visit to the United States, resulting in the publication of his two-volume work Democracy in America. Widely cited for his analysis of democratic politics in that country as well as for his later account of the historical causes of the French Revolution (The Old Regime and the Revolution), Tocqueville is sometimes considered among the first sociologists, and one distinguished by his positive view of religion. He viewed democracy, which he defined as equality of conditions, as a social state that does not necessarily entail any particular political arrangements. He believed it could accompany freedom and human greatness as well as tyranny and mediocrity, and he presented religion as a ...

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