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Individualism
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Literally, individualism is a view that gives precedence to the individual (Lat. individuum, “what cannot be divided”). The type of individualism depends on what the individual has precedence over—society in the case of social individualism, the state in the case of political individualism, the economy as a whole in that of economic individualism, or the moral collective in that of ethical individualism. Other criteria might lead to emphasis on either the level of intensity or the fu…

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Zimmerli, Walther C., “Individualism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I172>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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