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Philosophy and the American Outlook
Tocqueville presents American democracy in its practice as learning by doing and not through philosophical ideas. But in the first part of volume 2 [of Democracy in America], he turns to philosophy to consider not the influence of philosophy on democracy but of democracy on philosophy, on "intellectual movement in the United States." This is an…

The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends. Daniel J. Mahoney. Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2008.
 
In The Spirit of Liberalism (1978), Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., distinguished between “modern conservatism that accompanies liberalism” and “classical conservatism that preceded liberalism.”  Mansfield told us, “modern conservatism was born in rebellion against liberalism.” However,…