Tocqueville, Democracy and Religion

On the evening of November 26th, we had the great opportunity to host Pr. Alan Kahan for a lecture on Tocqueville’s theory about democracy and its links with religion. Having recently written a book about this topic, Pr. Kahan developed and explained the relation and the interconnectedness between the two concepts according to the great political scientist, who had based his theory on the United States.
According to Tocqueville, religion is necessary for democracy and the stability of freedom, as it provides a mechanism of checks and balances, encourages nonmaterial desire, and leads to individuals’ greatness. However, a thin degree of separation must exist; religion should not be at the head of government.
Tocqueville was committed to the principles of equality and democratic values, and even if he had not considered the relevant social issues of today, such as the gender inequality issue, thinking like Tocqueville can help us understand these contemporary problems. 


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