​​​Society of Fellows Furman University

“I undertook to see, not differently, but further than the parties; and while they are occupied with the next day, I wanted to ponder the future.” –Alexis de Tocqueville

Who we are

The Society of Tocqueville Fellows is a select group of Furman undergraduates interested in cultivating the philosophic perspective on politics exemplified by Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, a 19th-century Frenchman, was one of the first to witness the momentous new force of modern democracy, and his observations on the far-reaching changes that democracy would bring are still hailed as prophetic today. Tocqueville’s perspective was informed by a thorough understanding of the political alternatives articulated by the philosophic tradition, and characterized by the conviction that a wise appreciation of the goods of an irrevocable past can guide our attempts to navigate an unprecedented future.

What we do

Tocqueville Fellows commit to deepen their understanding of the Western and American philosophic traditions by enrolling in a minimum of three courses in political philosophy over the span of their Furman career, and by participating in several specially designed extra-curricular activities. 

Tocqueville Fellows receive a $500 scholarship-stipend upon election to the Society; upon completion of their three-course requirement, each student will receive an additional $1000.

How to apply

Students must have completed one course in Political Thought to be eligible to apply for admission to the Society. See FAQ for details. Interested students should submit the application form as well as a 1-2 page letter concerning a book of political philosophy that has deepened or changed their perspective.

Questions should be directed to jenna.storey@furman.edu.​​​​

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