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Individualism
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I. Concept – II. Methodological Individualism

I. Concept

Individualism is a programmatic concept that surfaced around 1900 amid the ideological and ideopolitical debates of the modern bourgeois cultural world. Even at the time of its historical origin, it had negative overtones: it was thought to express a Zeitgeist that made the individual absolute, subordinating institutions and communities to the self-defined ends of the individual, and thus undermined the basic…

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Gräb, Wilhelm, “Individualism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_10367>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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