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Paul Spicker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309086

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309086.001.0001

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The moral dimensions of individualism

The moral dimensions of individualism

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(p.23) PART TWO The moral dimensions of individualism
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Reclaiming individualism
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Paul Spicker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309086.003.0003

Moral individualism stresses the value of the individual, and the idea of the individual as an autonomous, self-determining, free agent, but there are many interpretations of what this means. Some interpretations have emphasised the importance of personal choice and the responsibility of individuals as moral actors; some writers consider property rights to be paramount. The welfare of individuals is sometimes identified with choice, and sometimes with rights, but it is more complex than either: the interests of individuals are closely affected by their relationships with other people.

Keywords:   Rights, Dignity, Self-determination, Welfare, Property, Autonomy, Choice, Ethical individualism

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