individualism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n individualism the quality of being individual "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
    • n individualism the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
    • n individualism a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 749 pounds of paper products is used by an American individual annually
    • Individualism An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness. "The selfishness of the small proprietor has been described by the best writers as individualism ."
    • Individualism The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining individuality, or independence of the individual, in action; the theory or practice of maintaining the independence of individual initiative, action, and interests, as in industrial organization or in government.
    • Individualism The quality of being individual; individuality; personality.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat
    • n individualism The quality of being distinct or individual; subsistence as a distinct entity; individual character.
    • n individualism Individuality or independence in action; the principle of acting according to one's own will or for one's own ends; individual as opposed to associate action or common interests.
    • n individualism Hence That theory of government which favors the non-interference of the state in the affairs of individuals: opposed to socialism or collectivism.
    • n individualism In logic: The tendency to the doctrine that nothing is real but individual things. The doctrine is, for example, that the laws of nature are not real, but only the things whose mode of behavior is formulated in these laws.
    • n individualism The doctrine of pure egoism, or that nothing exists but the individual self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as 500,000 individuals.
    • ns Individualism individual character: independent action as opposed to co-operation: that theory which opposes interference of the State in the affairs of individuals, opposed to Socialism or Collectivism:
    • ns Individualism (logic) the doctrine that individual things alone are real: the doctrine that nothing exists but the individual self
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Quotations

  • Aristotle
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    “For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.”
  • Mason Cooley
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    “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.”
  • Theodore Parker
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    “Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.”
  • William James
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    “A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. individualisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. individuusin, not, dividuus, divisible—dividĕre, to divide.

Usage

In literature:

Each individual may set up a right to all things, and consequently to the same things.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Law, of course, restrains the individual; it is therefore opposed to his liberty at a given moment and in a given direction.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Our membership is only open to Socialists individually.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Each individual is created and born for the sake of other individuals.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Every individual was conceived of as possessing a definite heritage which might be expressed as unity.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
By making the individual rich within he creates value without.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Segments or portions of the individual may alone be thus affected.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
On the contrary, we are surrounded on all sides by ability, by great possibilities of individual development, even by genius.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
The length of the fingers varies according to the type of crime to which the individual is addicted.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
Certain individuals of the weaker party are maltreated by other individuals of the conquering party.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Individualism as a doctrine of perfection for the private person and individualism as a literary creed have thus gone hand in hand.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
A portion of the sovereign power belonging to you and your associates as individuals!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
He protects the community against any individual member who violates the custom of the community.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
Now his union does not exclude individuality and freedom, but only absolute individuality.
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
The individual must have a certain amount of leisure and a chance for a vital education.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The amount of space occupied by each individual is therefore a matter of urgent importance.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
As things are real, though never final, so men, at work in the world, are individual and individually important, but never alone.
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
Some individuals have found this immunity a temporary one, to be reacquired each season.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
It is human to look at what is individual not as individual, but as a generality.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
Society had begun to look at the individual within the family as it had begun to look at the individual within the class or sect.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
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In poetry:

I had made a mistake, I didn't know him,
This grey, monotonous soul in the water,
This intense individual in shadow,
Fish-alive.
"Fish" by D H Lawrence
But individual Force is dead,
And link'd Opinion late takes birth;
And now a woman's gentle head
Supports the mightiest crown on earth.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Worlds of men and snow endure, increase,
Woven of power and passion to defy
Time and travail: only races cease,
Individual men and crystals die.
"Snow" by John Davidson
What matter,—in that doom's-day book
Their place is fixed—their names are writ,
Each in its individual nook,—
God's eye beholds—remembers it.
"Resurgam" by Kate Seymour Maclean
I tell ye that all public good,
All individual worth and peace,
All youthful nobleness of mood,
Like rose-leaves thin
Must wither in
The sordid breath of days like these.
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
Individual man is ever new created:
What his being's plan is, loosely predicated
On the circumstances of his sole condition,
Colored by the fancies borrowed from tradition.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

The individuals continued walking, and Dunkerson followed them all the way to Shakespeare's Pizza, at which point officers arrived.
One of the smartest things the New Orleans Jazz Fest organizers have done is carve a niche for each individual stage.
Penelope Trunk perpetuated an outmoded view of how individual United Ways work.
The Genesee Brew House opens its doors in Rochester, NY on Sept 8, for a grand opening celebration featuring a free concert, tours of the pilot brewery, beer tastings for individuals who are 21 years of age or older, food and more.
In a ruling sure to be of interest to both corporate and individual policyholders, on October 6, 2009 the New Jersey Supreme Court denied certification of an insurer's petition to appeal a decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division.
Harold Dann was one of those individuals from "The Greatest Generation" who did what he had to do when duty called.
Imperial Sugar Company has introduced Redi-Measure light brown sugar in individual ¼-cup packets designed to keep the product fresh.
PunkMetalMamma is a fun-loving individual who likes the moon, stars, and CDs from the local thrift store.
How can we, individually and collectively, shape this community.
With LFTB, processors behind the product and organizations representing them seemed to respond individually and without a common message.
Although no Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis players advanced to today's semifinals of the Section 2A Individual Tennis tournament, several Bucs came close by reaching the quarterfinals.
Capacities, they're great for individual servings.
I sent the following email to all the addresses on the Wasatch website hoping to find a customer service minded individual.
Users can download work orders directly from the database and then assign or re-assign those work orders to the appropriate individuals.
On Sept 15, nearly 1,000 families and individuals in four cities on the Eastside participated in the annual Day of Service Northwest, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .
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In science:

The unzipping of DNA is a competition between the binding of the base pairs (to be called monomers) and the orientation of individual links connecting the monomers. A force applied at any point (say the end point) gets transmitted to individual bonds to orient each one in the direction of the force.
Randomly forced DNA
Consider a Galton-Watson process, beginning with one individual, where the number of children of an individual is given by a random variable X having finite moments.
Conditional large and moderate deviations for sums of discrete random variables. Combinatoric applications
Recognizing that the uncertainties in L∗ and Φ∗ are strongly correlated, we examine not only the individual parameters but also the product L∗Φ∗ , which is proportional to Lyα luminosity density, and which generally has smaller uncertainties than the individual parameters.
A Luminosity Function of Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies at Redshift 4.5
These two nodes, each node representing an individual vista space, are connected by an edge of the dual graph. A syntactic step is defined as the direct connection i ∼ j between neighboring individual open spaces or between overlapping isovists, i, j ∈ G.
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
To do this we now an Individual graph, that is a network with edges between just the individual vertices, as shown in Fig. 13.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
Figure 13: The bipartite network of the Copying Model with an individual network added (shown below the individual vertices) and used to generate the copying mechanism.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
In the case shown, the walk starts from from the randomly chosen individual 3 (its chosen artifact B is the source artifact) and we make a one step random walk on the individual graph to arrive at individual 1.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
The line is the analytic result for a complete Individual graph while the other results are taken over an ensemble of 104 Individual graphs. N = E = 100, pr = 1/E .
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
This is the probability that any two individual vertices which are connected by the Individual graph have a different artifact.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
Individuals in each community will then share the same copying and innovation probabilities, but now we are free to set different probabilities for copying which depend on the community of the individual being copied and on the community of the indivdual whose current choice is being copied.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
Once the source community α has been chosen, we then choose an individual at random from the Eα individuals in that community and it the choice of this individual that we are going to change.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
Alteratively the individual may decide to copy from an individual in some community β which it does with probability ppαβ .
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
An application to individual sequence channels One case in which the we can obtain δ -cost-consistent state information is in the scheme proposed by Eswaran et al. for coding over a channel with individual state sequence.
Rateless codes for AVC models
Corollary 5.2 (individual probability measures) Every individual probability measure on a CSMS is tight.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
If there is enough resources to all individuals, population grows, otherwise, only the strongest individuals survive (strong hierarchy), and the population maintains itself stable with size N∞ .
Generalized exponential function and discrete growth models
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