Individualism

Discipline: Political Science

Theory opposed to collectivism.

Human social life is to be understood in terms of the actions of individuals, who are the basic units of society. Complementarily, the basis of moral reasoning consists in the rights of individuals, rather than of groups, societies, or nations.

Source:
David Miller et at., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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