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Recovering Political Philosophy

Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Reform

Authors: Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

  • Presents the first systematic, book length treatment of the meaning and purpose of Tocqueville’s first work, On the Penitentiary System in the United States and Its Application to France
  • Makes the compelling argument that Tocqueville moderately approached French penal reform by appealing to a holistic view of human nature and by balancing the risks of alternative penal institutions
  • Expands our understanding of Tocqueville’s political activity as a French statesman, his intellectual relationship to Francis Lieber, and our consideration of penal reform measures both past and present
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About this book

This book presents an interpretive analysis of the major themes and purpose of Alexis de Tocqueville’s and Gustave de Beaumont’s first work, On the Penitentiary System, thereby offering new insights into Tocqueville as a moderate liberal statesman. The book explores Tocqueville’s thinking on penitentiaries as the best possible solution to recidivism, his approach to colonial imperialism, and his arguments on moral reformation of prisoners through a close reading of Tocqueville’s first published text. The unifying political concept of all three discussions is Tocqueville’s underlying concern to pursue moderation between institutional and imaginative extremes in order to maintain liberal values. In both thinking moderately and advocating for moderate political action, Tocqueville’s On the Penitentiary System renews an emphasis on the importance of civic engagement and the balance between philosophy and praxis. 

About the authors

Emily Katherine Ferkaluk is Instructor of Political Science at Cedarville University, USA.  She is translator of On the Penitentiary System in the United States and Its Application to France: The Complete Text and teaches courses in American politics and political theory.

Reviews

“Ferkaluk (Cedarville Univ.) offers an important new contribution to the ever-growing field of Tocqueville studies. … She discovers that Tocqueville’s political theory shines through the text in unexpected ways and that the book offers important lessons to contemporary liberal democracy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (E. C. Sands, Choice, Vol. 56 (2), October, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • An Introduction to Tocqueville’s First Work

    Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

    Pages 1-19

  • Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Theory

    Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

    Pages 21-64

  • Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Activity

    Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

    Pages 65-99

  • Tocqueville’s Moderation and Lieber’s Idealism in Penal Reform

    Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

    Pages 101-142

  • Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Reform Beyond 1832

    Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine

    Pages 143-170

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75577-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75576-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Reform
Authors
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75577-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75577-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75576-2
Series ISSN
2524-7166
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 191
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