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Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Life of American Democracy

Jedediah Purdy, Anthony Kronman, and Cynthia Farrar


This book explores democracy in the United States from a variety of perspectives. A dozen contributors consider the nature and prospects of democracy as it relates to the American experience—free markets, religion, family life, the Cold War, higher education, and more. The chapters bring American democracy into fresh focus, complete with its idealism, its moral greatness, its disappointments, and its contradictions. Based on DeVane lectures delivered at Yale University, these writings examine large themes and ask important questions: Why do democratic societies, and the United States in partic ... More

Keywords: American democracy, free markets, religion, family life, Cold War, higher education, idealism, DeVane lectures, democratic societies, economic inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300102567
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jedediah Purdy, editor

Anthony Kronman, editor

Cynthia Farrar, editor