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Letters, Liberty, and the Democratic Age in the Thought of Alexis de Tocqueville

Letters, Liberty, and the Democratic Age in the Thought of Alexis de Tocqueville

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Date: December 2009
Creator: Elliot, Natalie J.
Description: When Alexis de Tocqueville observed the spread of modern democracy across France, England, and the United States, he saw that democracy would give rise to a new state of letters, and that this new state of letters would influence how democratic citizens and statesmen would understand the new political world. As he reflected on this new intellectual sphere, Tocqueville became concerned that democracy would foster changes in language and thought that would stifle concepts and ideas essential to the preservation of intellectual and political liberty. In an effort to direct, refine, and reshape political thought in democracy, Tocqueville undertook a critique of the democratic state of letters, assessing intellectual life and contributing his own ideas and concepts to help citizens and statesmen think more coherently about democratic politics. Here, I analyze Tocqueville's critique and offer an account of his effort to reshape democratic political thought. I show that through his analyses of the role of intellectuals in democratic regimes, the influence of modern science on democratic public life, the intellectual habits that democracy fosters, and the power of literary works for shaping democratic self-understanding, Tocqueville succeeds in reshaping democratic language and thought in a manner that contributes to the preservation ...
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Summer 2011
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: Six letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "Some Basic Problems with the Term 'Near-Death Experience,'" "Response to 'Some Basic Problems with the Term 'Near-Death Experience,'" "On Demographic Research into Near-Death Experiences," "Why do Near-Death Experiences seem so Real?" "Almost Brainless -- Yet Lucid and Intelligent: Implications for Understanding NDEs and Consciousness," and "Near-Death Experiences and EEG Surges at End of Life."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 2009
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.; Moore, Roberta & Kason, Yvonne
Description: Three letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topics: "Response to 'Review of The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences,'" "Response to 'Did Emanuel Swedenborg have Near-Death Experiences,'" and "U.S. Release of Farther Shores."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Summer 2009
Creator: van Wees, Ruud & Perera, Mahendra
Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topics: "Was Jesus Christ's decent into hell a near-death experience?" and "Population-based Prevalence Studies of NDEs."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 2010
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: A letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic: "Response to 'Is it Rational to Extrapolate from the Presence of Consciousness during a Flat EEG to Survival of Consciousness After Death?'"
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 2010
Creator: Rivas, Titus
Description: A letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic: "Is it Rational to Extrapolate from the Presence of Consciousness During a Flat EEG to Survival of Consciousness After Death?"
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Level Curves of the Angle Function of a Positive Definite Symmetric Matrix

Level Curves of the Angle Function of a Positive Definite Symmetric Matrix

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Date: December 2009
Creator: Bajracharya, Neeraj
Description: Given a real N by N matrix A, write p(A) for the maximum angle by which A rotates any unit vector. Suppose that A and B are positive definite symmetric (PDS) N by N matrices. Then their Jordan product {A, B} := AB + BA is also symmetric, but not necessarily positive definite. If p(A) + p(B) is obtuse, then there exists a special orthogonal matrix S such that {A, SBS^(-1)} is indefinite. Of course, if A and B commute, then {A, B} is positive definite. Our work grows from the following question: if A and B are commuting positive definite symmetric matrices such that p(A) + p(B) is obtuse, what is the minimal p(S) such that {A, SBS^(-1)} indefinite? In this dissertation we will describe the level curves of the angle function mapping a unit vector x to the angle between x and Ax for a 3 by 3 PDS matrix A, and discuss their interaction with those of a second such matrix.
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Level of Manifest Anxiety as a Predictor of Attitude Change Through Group Vocational Counseling

Level of Manifest Anxiety as a Predictor of Attitude Change Through Group Vocational Counseling

Date: May 1973
Creator: Liston, Curtis Thomas
Description: This study was conducted to compare changes in self-concept and dogmatism among high school subjects at three levels of manifest anxiety following group vocational counseling.
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Levels of Psychological Health Related to the Cattell Sixteen Personality Factor Test

Levels of Psychological Health Related to the Cattell Sixteen Personality Factor Test

Date: June 1964
Creator: Bonney, Lewis A.
Description: The purpose of the present study is to develop an operationally defined standard of psychological health which will be proposed as: 1) one of the goals of psychotherapy; 2) a device for aiding in the evaluation of psychotherapy, and 3) a tool for screening those individuals in the general population who are in need of counseling in order to maintain their mental health.
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Levels of Questioning Used by Student Teachers and its Effect on Pupil Achievement and Critical Thinking Ability

Levels of Questioning Used by Student Teachers and its Effect on Pupil Achievement and Critical Thinking Ability

Date: August 1972
Creator: Beseda, Charles Garrett, 1929-
Description: The purposes of this study were: 1. To determine the effect of levels of questioning used on secondary public school students in social studies, as measured by (a) their achievement scores, and (b) their critical thinking ability; 2. To determine the effect of feedback to student teachers on their patterns of asking convergent and divergent questions, as measured by coding frequencies of each type on an Observation Schedule and Record form? 3. To draw conclusions from the findings--and develop implications concerning levels of questioning used by teachers and the use of feedback from college supervisors to student teachers.
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