In a time of intense polarization in both American national politics and higher education, the occasion calls for civility or intellectual tolerance often lack a firm grounding in our political tradition or in philosophical argument. In fact, the concept of moderation has a long pedigree and deep foundation in both our politics and in the political philosophy of modern liberal republics and democracies, and it means more than a mushy centrism. Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America draws on both the moderate Enlightenment and his study of America’s two foundings to develop a philosophy of moderation amid the philosophical and political extremism in the 1830s – and Americans today would do well to study his counsel about the virtue of avoiding extremes in thought and practice, and of reasonably reconciling apparently opposed principles.
Paul Carrese, Director of the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership
CU Boulder | Hale Sciences 230
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