Conference: Combining the Spirit of Religion and the Spirit of Liberty. The Tocqueville Thesis Revisited

Location: McKenna Hall (Notre Dame Conference Hall)

Thursday, Sept. 29
100 McKenna Hall
Notre Dame Conference Center

7:30 p.m. Keynote Address
(Refreshments will follow)
“Tocqueville’s Pendulum: Thoughts on Religion, Liberty and Reason in Democratic Times”

Eduardo Nolla, Professor of Political Philosophy,
Chairman of the Department of Political Science,
Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid)

Friday, Sept. 30
Panel I: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
“The Tocqueville Thesis: Looking Backward”

Catherine Zuckert, Moderator

Mark Noll: “Was de Tocqueville’s ‘America’ Only the United States in 1831- 1832?”

James Schleifer: “Tocqueville, Religion and Democracy in America: Some Essential Questions”

Aristide Tessitore: “Tocqueville’s American Thesis
and the New Science of Politics”

Friday, Sept. 30
Panel II: 2 – 4 p.m.
“The Tocqueville Thesis: Looking Forward and Outward”

Andy Gould, Moderator

Aurelian Craiutu: “Democracy as a New Form of Religion”
Alan Kahan: “Checks and Balances for Democratic Souls”
Dana Villa: “Tocqueville, Religion, and Politics: A Skeptic’s View”

Questions:, (574)631-0489
The Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life.