Alexis de Tocqueville Project

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Criminal Justice Reform

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Tocqueville Project has received grants to study issues in criminal justice reform, including alternatives to incarceration, the nature of just and unjust punishment, and the link between policing and freedom.


Academic programming, scholarship,
and public policy solutions on
timely issues at the intersection of
philosophy, politics, and economics.

Founded in 2011, the Tocqueville Project is an academic research, public policy, and educational programming center. It aims to follow in the footsteps of French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most significant outside observers of moral and political life in the United States, by examining the enduring questions in the history of Western moral and political thought, and considering how our answers to these questions affect social and political life.

Among the topics the Tocqueville Project aims to examine are:

  • the values of democratic society and their justification
  • the moral basis of civil liberties and private property
  • the role of religion in a free society
  • an individual’s obligations to others and to the state
  • the relationship between democracy, freedom, and equality
  • the relationship between law, liberty, and morality
  • the role of the state in making individuals virtuous

We have taken on a number of initiatives in support of this mission. They include:

  • public lectures, panel discussions, and debates
  • a seminar series in philosophy and political economy
  • for-credit courses for university and high school students 
  • undergraduate and professional conferences
  • support for academic scholarship
  • academic reading groups
  • the Tocqueville Project Undergraduate and Graduate Fellows Program

Our success depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share our commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of the principles central to a free society. We are deeply grateful to everyone who stands with us.

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