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Democracy In America, vol 2

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Published: 1840
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,589 / 418 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.5
LoC Category: J
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 5,762
mnybks.net#: 6928
Origin: gutenberg.org

Translated by Henry Reeve

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ther, and if I seek amongst these characteristics that which predominates over and includes almost all the rest, I discover that in most of the operations of the mind, each American appeals to the individual exercise of his own understanding alone. America is therefore one of the countries in the world where philosophy is least studied, and where the precepts of Descartes are best applied. Nor is this surprising. The Americans do not read the works of Descartes, because their social condition deters them from speculative studies; but they follow his maxims because this very social condition naturally disposes their understanding to adopt them. In the midst of the continual movement which agitates a democratic community, the tie which unites one generation to another is relaxed or broken; every man readily loses the trace of the ideas of his forefathers or takes no care about them. Nor can men living in this state of society derive their belief from the opinions of the class to which they belong, for, so to sp

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.01.25
David Adkins
*****

Perhaps one of the most insightful books on the American experiment. A must read


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