Constitution Day

DateSeptember 17, 2020
Time3:30 - 5:00 pm
DescriptionDr. Dana Stauffer, University ofTexas, Austin explores Alexis de Tocqueville's insights into the interaction between American constitutional democracy and what Tocqueville regarded as the essential features of human condition. Tocqueville thought American constitutional democracy allowed some aspects of human nature to express themselves more fully than they did in the past, but he also saw life in modern democracy frustrating and suppressing other important aspects of our nature. As modern democratic peoples steadily improve their economic and material conditions, impulses to self-forgetting are either ignored or distorted, and those impulses thus become difficult to recognize or understand. By examining Tocqueville's nuanced analysis of the fate that certain human longings meet in the modern world, we can better understand the pervasiveness of discontent in our time.
PublisherOffice of the Provost
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