Welcome



Founded in fall 2011, the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality was established to examine enduring topics in the history of Western moral and political thought.

Among the issues 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 individualís 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 implement a number of initiatives in support of this mission, including:
  • public lectures, panel discussions, and debates
  • a seminar series in philosophy and political economy
  • an 8-week summer seminar (2014 topic: human wellbeing and the good life)
  • the Tocqueville Project Undergraduate Fellows Program
  • free courses for college credit offered to local high schools students as part of UNO's dual enrollment program

The Tocqueville Project does not receive state funding. Our success depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of the principles central to a free society and the enduring questions of Western moral and political thought. We are deeply grateful to all who stand with us.