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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

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

Paul Spicker

Policy Press

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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