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Tocqueville Program

The Tocqueville Program is an intellectual community devoted to seeking the truth about the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life.  We host curricular and extracurricular activities designed to help students and faculty to engage seriously with the most powerful arguments behind diverse and competing religious, political and ethical points of view.

Our work is undertaken in the hope that the practice of shared, disciplined inquiry into disputed questions can help us understand better how to maintain the delicate fabric of our civilization. Our program takes its name from Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French author, statesman, and traveler who developed a “new science of politics” focused on the study of the modern democratic soul.  On the contested, partisan questions of his time, Tocqueville “undertook to see, not differently, but further than the parties.”  We seek to follow his example.

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Our Course & Lecture Series

The Tocqueville Program lecture series brings to Furman’s campus prominent scholars and public intellectuals who exemplify the Tocquevillean approach to political thought.

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Society of Tocqueville Fellows

The Society of Tocqueville Fellows cultivates a select group of students interested in political philosophy by guiding them through a coherent set of courses and a specially designed colloquium series.

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Political Thought Club

The Political Thought Club is a student-led group supported by the Tocqueville Program.

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Engaged Living Program

The Engaged Living Program allows first-year students to integrate their academic work with their residential experience.

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Ginny and Sandy MacNeil with Tocqueville lecturer Anthony Kronman


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Meet Our Faculty

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