Jon Elster's Alexis de Tocqueville, the First Social Scientist PDF

By Jon Elster

ISBN-10: 052151844X

ISBN-13: 9780521518444

ISBN-10: 052174007X

ISBN-13: 9780521740074

The e-book proposes a brand new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that perspectives him firstly as a social scientist instead of as a political theorist. Drawing on his previous paintings at the clarification of social habit, Elster argues that Tocqueville's major declare to our recognition at the present time rests at the huge variety of exportable causal mechanisms to be present in his paintings, a lot of that are nonetheless necessary of extra exploration. Elster proposes a singular examining of Democracy in the US during which the foremost explanatory variable is the quick monetary and political turnover instead of equality of wealth at any given cut-off date. He additionally bargains a studying of The Ancien Régime and the Revolution as grounded within the mental family one of the peasantry, the bourgeoisie, and the the Aristocracy. continuously going past exegetical remark, he argues that Tocqueville is eminently worthy examining this present day for his significant and methodological insights.

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