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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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