Lonely hearts: Tocqueville and Democracy.
Keywords:Tocqueville, Democracy, Soft Despotism, Solitude, Heart, lndividualism
Concerning the heart within the history of ideas, Alexis de Tocqueville is rather unknown - wrongfully. His theory of the democratic heart does not only deliver a privileged view on the pathologies of modern democracy, it also helps to decipher Tocqueville's own theory of democracy. In addition, Tocqueville's heart-reflections facilitate a better understanding of Individualism and Soft Despotism and they illuminate diagnoses and therapies of civic discomforts. Tocqueville's lonely hearts reflect the crisis of the modern world and - in a curious way - they also outline the ambivalent relationship between Tocqueville and democracy. To make it short: The importance of the lonely hearts can hardly be overestimated
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