Individualism (ECPR Classics Reprinted edition)

Individualism (ECPR Classics Reprinted edition)

By: Steven Lukes (author)Paperback

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Individualism embraces a wide diversity of meanings and is widely used by those who criticise and by those who praise Western societies and their culture, by historians and literary scholars in search of the emergence of 'the individual', by anthropologists claiming that there are different, culturally shaped conceptions of the individual or 'person', by philosophers debating what form social science explanations should take and by political theorists defending liberal principles. In this classic text, Steven Lukes discusses what 'individualism' has meant in various national traditions and across different provinces of thought, analysing it into its component unit-ideas and doctrines. He further argues that it now plays a malign ideological role, for it has come to evoke a socially-constructed body of ideas whose illusory unity is deployed to suggest that redistributive policies are neither feasible nor desirable and to deny that there are institutional alternatives to the market.

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Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at New York University, USA. He has previously held posts at Balliol College, Oxford, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Siena and the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an editor of the European Journal of Sociology. His many published works include Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work; Power: A Radical View (of which a second, much expanded edition was recently published); Rationality and Relativism (edited with Martin Hollis); Marxism and Morality; Moral Conflict and Politics; Liberals and Cannibals: The Implications of Diversity; and The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Comedy of Ideas.


New introduction by the author Foreword Part One: The Semantic History of 'Individualism' Chapter One: France Chapter Two: Germany Chapter Three: Jacob Burckhardt Chapter Four: America Chapter Five: England Chapter Six: History and the Social Sciences Part Two: The Basic Ideas of Individualism Chapter Seven: The Dignity of Man Chapter Eight: Autonomy Chapter Nine: Privacy Chapter Ten: Self-Development Chapter Eleven: The Abstract Individual Chapter Twelve: Political Individualism Chapter Thirteen: Economic Individualism Chapter Fourteen: Religious Individualism Chapter Fifteen: Ethical Individualism Chapter Sixteen: Epistemological Individualism Chapter Seventeen: Methodological Individualism Part Three: The Relations Between These Ideas Chapter Eighteen: Equality and Liberty Chapter Nineteen: The Doctrines Chapter Twenty: Taking Equality and Liberty Seriously Afterword Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects

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  • publication date: 01/03/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780954796662
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 148
  • ID: 9780954796662
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0954796667
  • edition: Reprinted edition

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