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Beyond Individualism: Reconstituting The Liberal Self Jack Crittenden

Beyond Individualism: Reconstituting The Liberal Self

Jack Crittenden

Published August 13th 1992
ISBN : 9780195073300
Hardcover
230 pages
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In the examination of the conception of human nature, a duality is commonly perceived--the liberal self as atomistic, self-contained, even selfish- and the communitarian self as socially situated and defined through its environment. Crittenden arguesMoreIn the examination of the conception of human nature, a duality is commonly perceived--the liberal self as atomistic, self-contained, even selfish- and the communitarian self as socially situated and defined through its environment. Crittenden argues that neither view is acceptable, drawing on recent psychological research to expound on a theory of compound individuality. This work includes a discussion of the compound individual as the self of liberalism, as well as a discussion of the sort of political organization that can generate personal identity constituted by liberal autonomy and communitarian sociality.