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Tocqueville's Philosophy of Moderation and America's Need to Rediscover It

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Hale Sciences 230

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO 80302

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In a time of intense polarization in both American national politics and higher education, the occasion calls for civility or intellectual tolerance often lack a firm grounding in our political tradition or in philosophical argument. In fact, the concept of moderation has a long pedigree and deep foundation in both our politics and in the political philosophy of modern liberal republics and democracies, and it means more than a mushy centrism. Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America draws on both the moderate Enlightenment and his study of America’s two foundings to develop a philosophy of moderation amid the philosophical and political extremism in the 1830s – and Americans today would do well to study his counsel about the virtue of avoiding extremes in thought and practice, and of reasonably reconciling apparently opposed principles.

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Paul Carrese, Director of the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership

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CU Boulder | Hale Sciences 230

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1350 Pleasant Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

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