American University: Tocqueville on the Democratic Soul

Tocqueville sketch - Theodore Chasseriau

Political Theory Institute: Tocqueville on the Democratic Soul


The Political Theory Institute at American University, a JMC partner program, will host Dana Stauffer, of the University of Texas at Austin, for a lecture on Tocqueville and the spirit of democracy.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301 • American University

Free and open to the public

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Dana StaufferDana Stauffer is a Associate Professor of Instruction and Research Fellow in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in political theory. Professor Stauffer’s particular research interests also include the history of political thought, especially classical political thought, and women in political thought. She has previously written on Tocqueville for the American Political Science Review.

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The Political Theory Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs encourages the serious study of the great questions of political theory and brings insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events. American University has a long tradition of vigorous political debate. Behind every serious political controversy, however, lies a disagreement about political principles, justice, what constitutes “the good life,” or fundamental assumptions about human nature. A thoughtful and morally serious engagement with the controversies of the day, therefore, requires serious reflection on the underlying questions of political theory.

Open to all ideas and perspectives, the Political Theory Institute promotes vigorous and thoughtful discussion and critical engagement by American University faculty, the national and international political theory community, and policy makers with the problems confronting liberal democracies. It supports scholarship that informs and enriches the larger conversation about political ideas. Above all, the Political Theory Institute fosters a spirit of enlightened citizenship—at once thoughtful and engaged—that takes intellectual disagreements seriously without being ideological.

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