The Alexis de Tocqueville

Center for Political and Legal Thought

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About us

The Alexis de Tocqueville Centre for Political and Legal Thought is a research unit within the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Łódź.

The Centre draws from the ideas and the intellectual heritage of the author of Democracy in America. This heritage combines two traditions that dominate today, conservatism and liberalism, with the Christian vision of Western identity and the republican ethos of civic participation. It derives political, institutional and legal reflection from the analysis of actual social relations and avoids constructing any a priori, abstract, and rationalist models of public life. It views the main values of today such as liberty, equality, democracy, the rule of law, efficiency of state authority, civil society and self-government as being far from harmonious. It leaves room for axiological skepticism, inspires the dissemination of ideas and demands epistemological objectivism.

In all its endeavors the Centre treats this heritage as important for both civic attitudes and research projects.



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