Politesse and Public Opinion in Stendhal’s Red and Black

European Journal of Political Theory 4 (4):367-392 (2005)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is one of the most celebrated 19th-century explorations of the rise of democracy as a social condition. However, Tocqueville is not the only political thinker of his immediate era to raise questions about the costs and benefits of democracy. This article will consider Stendhal’s novel The Red and the Black as an immediate precursor to Tocqueville’s criticisms of tyrannical public opinion and other ambivalent features of democracy. Like Tocqueville, Stendhal ponders the breakdown of aristocratic standards of politeness and the equally oppressive sway of democratic public opinion that replaces them. Despite their shared assumptions about the challenges of democracy, however, Stendhal’s vision of freedom seems decidedly bleaker than Tocqueville’s



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,038

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

What is public opinion?Eric R. A. N. Smith - 1996 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 10 (1):95-105.
What wrongdoers deserve: the moral reasoning behind responses to misconduct.R. Murray Thomas - 1993 - Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. Edited by Ann Diver-Stamnes.
Opinion publique, Idéologie et idéologie.Bertrand Binoche - 2012 - Scienza and Politica. Per Una Storia Delle Dottrine 24 (47).
SETTINGS OF PRESS FREEDOM AND PUBLIC OPINION IN HEGEL.Agemir Bavaresco & Paulo Roberto Konzen - 2009 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 50 (119):63-92.
Public opinion, elites, and democracy.Robert Y. Shapiro - 1998 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 12 (4):501-528.
Believing the news.Don Fry (ed.) - 1985 - St. Petersburg, Fla.: Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Democratic politics and survey research.Lynn M. Sanders - 1999 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (2):248-280.
John Black Grant: A 20th-Century Public Health Giant.Socrates Litsios - 2011 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 54 (4):532-549.


Added to PP

92 (#186,443)

6 months
3 (#979,100)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references