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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Individualism, the Good Form

Sheldon Richman blogs about the good version of individualism. So good that there is no reason to call it individualism!

'Human agency and social structure then presuppose each other. Neither can be reduced to, identified with, or explained completely in terms of the other, for each requires the other.' -- Tony Lawson

'Let us take a man, an Englishman as he is now, and try to point out that, apart from what he has in common with others, apart from his sameness with others, he is not an Englishman—nor a man at all; that if you take him as something by himself, he is not what he is… What we mean to say is that he is what he is because he is a born and educated social being, and a member of an individual social organism, that if you make abstraction from all this which is the same in him as in others what you have left is not an Englishman nor a man, but some, I know not what, residuum which never has existed by itself and does not so exist.' -- F.H. Bradley

2 comments:

  1. so you argue for the "collective good".

    definitive.

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  2. sofa, how do you expect anyone to know what you are talking about here?

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