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The Quest for the Individual: Roots of Western Civilization
     

The Quest for the Individual: Roots of Western Civilization

by William J. Carroll, John J. Furlong, C. Stephen Mann, C. Mann, J. Furlong
 

In an age of rapidly expanding technology, we are constantly confronted by the reality that our technology has outstripped our ethical decision making abilities. Central to this problem is the importance and respect attached to the individual. But what is the origin of this notion? Why is the individual considered distinctive? This book presents essays by prominent

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In an age of rapidly expanding technology, we are constantly confronted by the reality that our technology has outstripped our ethical decision making abilities. Central to this problem is the importance and respect attached to the individual. But what is the origin of this notion? Why is the individual considered distinctive? This book presents essays by prominent scholars on the origin of the idea of the individuality of human beings through literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts.

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«Modern philosophy feels naked without the dress of a well fitting concept of the individual. This collection of essays allows us to recognize the source of our discomfort and embarrassment. It ranges from the emergence of the individual in ancient Egypt through the nascent conception of the individual in early modern Europe and takes us to our modern problems - which are more urgent than ever - of defining the individual and legal person. No one interested in any phase of the emerging or submerged conceptions of the individual or person should neglect the challenge posed by the very conception of this book.» (Diskin Clay, Professor of Classics & Philosophy, The Graduate Center CUNY)

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ISBN-13:
9780820411569
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Pages:
364

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