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Individualism - Individualism Many characteristics may create one’s individualism. Personality, appearance, environment, and heredity are the characteristics that make up one’s individuality. One can control the individual he may become with the help of individualism. Personality is a characteristic that plays a major role in one’s individuality. “One has many parts that make up his personality” (Kramer 27). One may show these parts in different ways. There are a variety of personalities that one can have....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Individualism - Individualism 1) An individualist is considered to be someone with personality and character, someone who is not easily intimidated by social pressure or customs, someone with a personal opinion and a singular view of the world. Because modern society finds it important that people think independently, decide autonomously and take personal initiatives, the concept of individualism has acquired a positive connotation. However, individualism is also linked with the tendency to withdraw from social life and turn in towards oneself....   [tags: essays papers] 1281 words
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Democracy Individualism - Democracy Individualism There is growing consensus in the United States of the potential collapse of democracy, and many scholars question whether America will be able to address the challenges necessary to avert it. At the heart of the issue is the disintegration of civil society. In a remarkable book on the subject – Democracy on Trial – Jean Elshtain (1995: 5) notes, “As a civic question – and it is by no means a civic matter alone – the locus of despair speaks to the loss of civil society....   [tags: Papers] 3517 words
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Americans and Individualism - The United States of America is the land of the free, the land of opportunity, the wealthiest country in the world, a country that half the modern world is modeled after. Its President is referred to as the "Leader of the free world". Thousands of people come to this country every year, learning about the country in hopes of becoming citizens. William Hudson in his book 'American Democracy in Peril ' talks about the seven biggest challenges to this democratic nation. Individualism can be seen as a gift or a curse, depending on the context in which it occurs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1078 words
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Dreadlocks and Individualism - Dreadlocks and Individualism Imagine having the flexibility of wearing your hair loose and flowing. . .maybe pulled back in a simple rubber band, or allowing your long locks to swing expressively in front of your face. It's a natural feeling and style, that epitomizes your love for individualism, they are your Dreadlocks. The art of dreadlocks can be traced back to the Ancient Caribbean islands such as Jamaica where they were fine tuned to perfection by Rastafarians. Here at Syracuse University, students give a new meaning to what it is like to be a part of the dreadlock society without having to be a Rastafarian, a black radicalist, or politically correct....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 1589 words
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Individualism in The Fountainhead - Individualism in The Fountainhead        Individualism, the doctrine of free thought and action of the individual, forms the basis of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. The major theme of her fiction is the primacy of the individual, the unique and precious individual life. That which sustains and enriches life is good, that which negates and impoverishes the individual's pursuit of happiness is evil. The Fountainhead is Rand's fullest explication of the primacy of the individual. As she worked out her interpretation of the inalienable rights: the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and what these entailed, she saw three areas of conflict where these rights were held in balance....   [tags: Fountainhead]
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Individualism and Fascism - Individualism and Fascism Modern political thought has given a considerable amount of attention to the conception of the individual's function in modern society. In this paper, I will discuss the fascist philosophy on individualism. Using the Italian philosopher Alfredo Rocco's arguments on this topic, I will consider how Liberalism, Democracy and Socialism are closely related, while Fascism can be seen as the true antithesis to Liberalism. In this process I will review Fascism and its principles....   [tags: Papers] 1099 words
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The Perspectives on Mindsets of Individualism - ... While ontological individualism focuses on the foundation that only individuals exist, methodological individualism, an important phenomenon in social sciences, defines that a corporation and group, a group, a social class, or a state are treated if they were an individual persons. In addition, methodological individualism solely treats each issue as the resultants and modes of organizations of the particular acts of individuals persons, as such action can be treated as a course of understandable action (Weber, 1978)....   [tags: Ethics ]
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The Spirit of Individualism: Transcendentalism - In the unit “The Spirit of Individualism” there are two parts, “Celebrations of the self” and “The Dark side of Individualism” with pieces that present very different perspectives on human nature. “The Dark side of Individualism” portrays human nature as greedy, confused, easily caught up in fame, and addicted to wealth and possessions. In “Celebrations of the Self”, human nature is viewed in a more positive light. The characteristics shown are self reliance, independence, wisdom and selflessness....   [tags: thoreau, romanticism] 614 words
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Exploring Methodological Individualism - Exploring Methodological Individualism ABSTRACT: I defend the truth of the principle of methodological individualism in the social sciences. I do so by criticizing mistaken ideas about the relation between individual people and social entities held by earlier defenders of the principle. I argue, first, that social science is committed to the intentional stance; the domain of social science, therefore, coincides with the domain of intentionally described human action. Second, I argue that social entitites are theoretical terms, but quite different from the entities used in the natural sciences to explain our empirical evidence....   [tags: Psychology]
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Individualism and Collectivism Culture Theories - Individualism and Collectivism are two accepted theories that are commonly used when dealing with one’s culture and political views. According to Kemmelmeier, H. M. and Coon, Individualism and Collectivism concepts has been used to “depict, clarify, and envision divergence in people’s opinion, behavior, principles, attribution, self perception, socialization, and communication.” Nonetheless, individualism and collectivism has shared some mutual views as well as incongruous stances on humanity, the disposition of human beings, the affiliation of society and the characteristics of people in the individualistic culture....   [tags: Culture ]
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Individualism in Habits of The Heart - Habits of The Heart create a vision of the middle class American life with all its good, bad, strengths and weaknesses. Its examines the conflict that exists between individuality and community in this country, as well as how these conflicts effect our ability to form relationships with others, whether it is in a public arena or our own intimate relationships with family and friends. The very word individualism means to look out for number one, it implies a me society that has lost it’s way from the way it use to be....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Individualism or Collectivism in Society - Debate Question: Which ideological group has had the greatest impact on modern society. Individualism or Collectivism. Terms: Individualism-> when you value the freedom and worth of the individual, sometimes over the security and harmony of the group or a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence Collectivism-> is basically when you think that values and the goals of the group and the common good over the goals of any one individual are the most beneficial....   [tags: Society] 1159 words
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Individualism versus Collectivism in The Fountainhead - Individualism versus Collectivism in The Fountainhead       The theme of The Fountainhead as stated by its author, Ayn Rand, is "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man's soul." Three major characters serve as types for the noble, contemptible, and parasitic in this comparison. Howard Roark is an architect who serves as Rand's model for individualism to the extent that he is willing to sacrifice everything he has in order to retain his status as an individual. Ellsworth Monkton Toohey is a charismatic genius who uses his knowledge of human nature and collectivism to manipulate and control the masses, who hang on his every word....   [tags: Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essays]
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Roots Of Individualism In Euro - Roots of Individualism in Europe During the Middle Ages, independent thought was viewed disdainfully. Almost any idea deviating from the status quo, largely determined by the Roman Catholic Church, was condemned as heresy. One convicted of such a grievous offense was often excommunicated or killed, either by means of a proper execution or by a hostile mob. However, with the decline of the Middle Ages, the conditions arose for the birth of individualism—the development of which can be traced through the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of capitalism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1184 words
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The Autonomous Self and the Dichotomy of Individualism - The Autonomous Self and the Dichotomy of Individualism It is not only intellectuals and English theory professors who spend countless hours and study attempting to determine the notion of self. People all over the world do it everyday, whether consciously or unconsciously. People question who they are and how their lives are structured in relation to the society in which they live. From questioning why they forgot the eggs on the grocery list to why life seems to be an eternal roller-coaster, people have an innate desire to learn about the self and how it functions in day-to-day life....   [tags: Self Image Philosophy Essays] 1428 words
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The Fountain Head: Individualism - The Fountain Head: Individualism Individualism, the only element which makes a person's character unique. In the Fountain Head, a character binds true to this belief and goes by the name of Howard Roark. This young architect who had his own viewpoint of the world and how he envisioned it, was condemned by the media and the public by doing so. Roark's lifestyle completely perpendiculates the mundane lifestyle that the average citizen lives. Roark conforms to only what he considers valid in his own conscience....   [tags: essays research papers] 818 words
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Individualism versus Other Ideologies - Individualism versus Other Ideologies "Liberalism expresses an encompassing view of human life, one that aspires to leave individuals as much as possible free to shape their lives in a meaningful direction." According to Ronald Beiner, practices of liberalism are not the same with what it must be. Ronald Beiner criticises the liberalism and the communitarianism. In his journal, individuals have to get more rights to choice what they want and what they will do. However, it can only be a utopia. Also, it is not a good idea to break of individuals from community....   [tags: Papers] 917 words
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Individualism vs. Society - Individualism vs. Society missing works cited The concept of what is "individuality" and what is not has plagued and delighted man since the dawn of time. “All the Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy adds 302 more pages to the pile of all the works that have been on the quest to define individualism. In this novel, McCarthy takes us through four faces of the key character’s life, John Grady, to portray the idea of illusory individualism. He contends that John Grady is simply a product of a society in contrast to his (Grady) notion of free will....   [tags: Self Image Essays individual] 1676 words
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Modern American Culture and Individualism - Missing Works Cited The 20th century is considered to be a money culture. Materialism, a devotion to making money and to having a good time are all products of a money making culture. All of technology is controlled by an interest in private profit (Dewey, p15). Sigmund Freud and John Dewy both see this day in age as a time devoted to the “scientific revolution” and profit from this drastic advance in mankind. Civilization, as we know it today, is largely to blame for the misery of the common people....   [tags: Materialism essays research papers] 1030 words
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Individualism in "Anthem" by Ayn Rand - Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is a very unique novel. It encircles individualism and makes the reader think of how people can conform to society and do as they are told without knowing the consequences and results of their decisions. Also, it teaches the importance of self expression and the freedom that comes along with being your own person and having the power to choose what path to take in life. Figurative language is used often in this book and in a variety of quotes that have great importance to the theme, plot, and conflict of the novel....   [tags: Anthem, Ayn Rand, ] 814 words
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Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures - Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures ‘Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures’ is aimed at lower secondary, level 6. As a part of a ‘suite of modules for Levels 1 to 6,’ this module addresses the very important issue of identity in today’s world (QSCC 2002:4). It not only allows for flexibility in discovering one’s position within a group in society but how they relate to and within the broader world scheme. The module explores identity as constructed by the media focussing on the strand of Culture and Identity (CI) with some Time, Continuity and Change (TCC) core learning outcomes used to provide background and context....   [tags: essays research papers] 1931 words
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Seventeenth Century Jewish Individualism - Seventeenth Century Jewish Individualism The seventeenth century not only marks an important era in Jewish history, the arrival of Jews in the New World, but it marks a shift in Jewish ideology as well. Traditionally, in the Old World prior to the Inquisition, Jews did not live as individuals but rather as a part of a social network or community that worshipped together, studied together, at times lived together, and had the same set of beliefs. During, and for sometime after the Inquisition, some secret Jews were part of an underground community but other secret Jews chose not to be part of any Jewish community, secret or not, out of fear....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Humanism the Gateway to Individualism - The greatest and most influential intellectual movement of Renaissance Italy was humanism. The humanists believed that the Greek and Latin classics contained all the lessons one needed to lead a moral and effective life and were the best models for a person to live by. They developed a new kind of classical scholarship, with which they corrected and tried to understand the works of the Greeks and Romans, which was important to them. Both the republic elites of Florence and Venice, and the ruling families of Milan, Ferrara, and Urbino hired humanists to teach their children classical morality and to write elegant, classical letters, histories, and propaganda....   [tags: renaissance, italian renaissance, humanist] 515 words
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Defending Egotism and Individualism in The Fountainhead - Defending Egotism and Individualism in The Fountainhead        "The structures were austere and simple, until one looked at them and realized what work, what complexity of method, what tension of thought had achieved the simplicity. No laws had dictated a single detail. The buildings were not Classical, they were not Gothic, they were not Renaissance. They were only Howard Roark." This dialogue in the powerful book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, set in the early 1920's in the city of skyscrapers, New York, describes the unique building style of the architect, Howard Roark which parallels his uncompromising and individualistic personality....   [tags: Fountainhead]
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The Power of Individualism Revealed in The Fountainhead - The Power of Individualism Revealed in The Fountainhead       Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every one and for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap this resevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their hearts desires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials, nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering this package lethal, with the potential for untold destruction....   [tags: Fountainhead]
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Individualism in Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy - Julian West, a man born and raised in the 19th century has suddenly appeared in the 20th century. Due to an apparent mishap in the 19th, his body was never awaken and remained in its mesmeric state. When he woke up, he found himself in a whole different society then he was living in. The economy, government, and the whole social structure were completely changed. To Julian, the 20th century became the perfect image of a utopian society. But the society of the 20th century has left behind the pride of individualism which was cherished in the 19th century....   [tags: Personal Essays] 349 words
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John Dewey's Critique of Socioeconomic Individualism - John Dewey's Critique of Socioeconomic Individualism My paper attempts to exhibit the consistency of John Dewey’s non-individualistic individualism. It details Dewey’s claim that the traditional dualism opposing the individual to the social is politically debilitating. We find Dewey in the 20’s and 30’s, for example, arguing that the creation of a genuine public arena, one capable of precluding the rise of an artificial chasm between sociality and individuality—or, rather, one capable of precluding the rise of an artificial chasm between notions of sociality and individuality—had itself been forestalled by an inherited, outdated, but nonetheless dominant custom called individualism....   [tags: Sociology Papers] 4133 words
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Discuss Orwell's treatment of individualism in 1984 - "For every text a context" and only through referral to the non-literary world can we understand the motivation behind the literary. In a time of Nazism, Stalin and Civil War in Europe, Orwell's disillusionment towards politics and society rapidly increased and his ideas and criticisms were published in various essays regarding politics and literary traditions. When he became unwell towards the end of his life, he wrote 1984 as an expression of both his own views and as a parallel to Zamyatin's We, a novel concerned with Russian communism and portraying a very similar storyline....   [tags: European Literature] 1525 words
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Comparing the Concepts of Authority and Individualism in Literature - Comparing the Concepts of Authority and Individualism in Literature Authority is defined as a person or group of people who control the society and make major decisions affecting the society. Individual is a person who has no particular influence on the society and neither do his decisions. The term Authority may be applied to any type of people who hold some sort of influence or power on the society such as The Police; Courts from local courts to supreme courts and of course the ruling party of the government....   [tags: Shawshank Redemption Fahrenheit 451 Essays] 1318 words
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Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those who challenge social conformities can benefit society as a whole. Though she has been banished for committing adultery, she sees that the community needs her. Through her generous accomplishments the community realizes she is a person who, regardless of her sin, can affect the community in a positive way....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 1063 words
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Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism - Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism Although the time periods and goals may be different the method for bringing about change is usually the same, this method is protest. This method is supported by two different people, in two different time periods, with two different goals; these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Junior. Martin Luther King Junior's letter from a Birmingham Jail was an expression of his encouragement for protest against tradition and established laws and a justification for his actions....   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail] 849 words
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Reigning In Hermits: The Conflict Between Individualism and Participation - Reigning In Hermits: The Conflict Between Individualism and Participation In the wake of Enlightenment thinkers like Hobbes and Locke, who asserted the primacy of the individual as the possessor of rights and emphasized the resulting legal equality of all men, the question arose of how an individual who originates in a state of nature interacts with society. Early 19th Century writers had an advantage in answering this question over the original thinkers in the form of a grand experiment in Enlightenment theory currently being conducted in America....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1545 words
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From Individualism to Unionism: The Changing Meaning of Freedom in America - From Individualism to Unionism: The Changing Meaning of Freedom in America In 1893, when Frederick Jackson Turner delivered his speech on the significance of frontier at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, he was addressing an audience that had witnessed the drastic changes that swept through the country over the past sixty or so years. The United States had gone from the agrarian nation of Jefferson’s vision—one with a relatively balanced division of wealth, a population of homogenous skilled workers, and a narrow definition of equality based on a broad definition of freedom—to the highly industrialized urban nation glorified by the World’s Fair itself—one of polarized wealth, vast and increasing numbers of unassimilated, unskilled workers, and a demand for a return to the old equality at the expense of the old concept of freedom....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Individualism and Paradox in the Works of D. H. Lawrence - Individualism and Paradox in the Works of D. H. Lawrence        When you read something by D. H. Lawrence, you often end up wondering the same thing: does he hate people. Lawrence has a profound interest in us human beings, but it's the fascination of a child picking at a scab that drives him, rather than a kind of scientific or spiritual quest for some mythical "social truth." Some of Lawrence's works--"Insouciance," for example--question mankind's tendencies outright: what good is served by a world of "white-haired ladies" wasting time "caring" and sounding intelligent and cultured and talking about pretentious, bourgeois issues?(2)   But this work is blatant in its negative descriptions of people and their behavior in society....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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John Updike’s Portrayal of Individualism vs. Conformity in Society - A society consists of a community of people living together and sharing customs and traditions. Once immersed in this society, one can begin to see certain standards woven into the social fabric of the community. These standards, ranging from not walking into public areas scantily clad to not embarrassing people in front of others, are usually unspoken and sometimes cause strife. Young adults often find these standards to be extremely restricting and favor freedom of action over the collective control....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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A Defense Of Individualism Based On Foydor Dostoevskys Novel:notes F - Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, has held many labels, such as being a case history of nuerosis or a specimen of modern tragedy. The most popular label it has obtained however, is being the author's defense of individualism. The novel is writen as a performance, part triad, part memoir, by a nameless personage who claims to be writing for hiomself but consistently maipulates the reader--of whom he is morbidly aware-- to the point where there seems to be no judgement the reader can make which has not already been made by the writer himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 664 words
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Transcendentalism- How Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government" Relates to Phillip Berrigan's Beliefs about Individualism - Transcendentalism, a philosophy based on principles that reality is to be discovered by the study of the thought processes, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical. Society has taken this philosophy and has implemented it as part of the daily lives of its people. Transcendentalism makes its connection to society and real life in many ways. The “Resistance to Civil Government” by Thoreau embodies what transcendentalists believed. Throughout time there have been more people like Thoreau who believed in Transcendentalism....   [tags: government] 887 words
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Individualism in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Zalman King's "In God's Hands" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" - Individualism in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Zalman King's "In God's Hands" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" Every society has certain values and generally accepted ways of living that are considered normal. These principles are what keep societies organized and orderly. Conforming to these principles, however, is not necessarily the road to happiness for every individual. The main character, Shane, in In God’s Hands, Sonny, in Sonny’s Blues, and the speaker in The Road Not Taken, all choose not to live by what is considered normal, or popular, and are able to find happiness by living as individuals....   [tags: Frost Road King Hands Baldwin Blues Essays] 930 words
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Values - ... The value of convenience is linked to the value of mobility. Our society is built around the car and the ease in which it allows us to travel to where ever we want. The cost of that mobility, movement of people, and the mobility of goods (not using local agriculture, and production of products). Infrastructure around the car, roads, car manufacturing, parking lots. The prosperity we value is based on our economic need for consumer spending. The rise of modern consumerism after the industrial revolution not coincidentally followed a rise in environmental damage on a global scale....   [tags: Ethics, Individualism] 1424 words
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Arcady: His Voyage Towards Individualism - In the novel Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, Arcady plays a major role both in his own life and the lives of others. Arcady, despite the shield he surrounds himself with, is not a true Nihilist like his friend Bazarov through his thoughts and actions we see his change. To begin, Arcady shows signs of Romanticism Early on in the novel despite the announcement of his Nihilist beliefs. For example, Bazarov and Arcady were walking one afternoon in the garden and overheard Nicholas playing his cello....   [tags: essays research papers] 834 words
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Emerson - ... Emerson viewed self-reliance, which can be understood as finding inspiration, judgment and validation of thoughts and ideas within oneself, as one of the central tenets of the fledgling American national identity. It may seem counterintuitive to think that Emerson, a proponent of radical and unapologetic individualism, desired to create a shared American identity and national unity; however, it is necessary to discern that nonconformity is not tantamount to the repudiation of society. By exalting nonconformity, he does not promote the hedonistic active pursuit of personal desires in spite of social norms, like an anarchist, but rather urges the reader to wholly fulfill their human potential....   [tags: Philosophy, Unapologetic Individualism] 679 words
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Self Types and Their Differences Across Generations and The Life Cycle - Self Types and Their Differences Across Generations and The Life Cycle With modernization, the quest for knowledge of oneself has become a major preoccupation for many Americans. "Who am I?" "Know Thyself" and "Unto thine own self be true"--Such are the themes of wall plaques, self-help manuals, and religious maxims. When surveying older individuals' reflections on the whole of life, one 83-year-old nun told one of my student researchers: I would tell any young person to be your own self....   [tags: Individualism Community Compare Contrast] 1991 words
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Distress and Individualism: Comparing Douglass and de la Cruz - ... … Not, like the Saint, out of humility, but because in reality I know nothing I can say that is worthy of you” (Lawall and Chinua 157). Sor Juana pretends to display anxiety while responding to the bishop’s letter. Responding to a letter written by someone who is superior is difficult when you are in opposition to the person’s beliefs. Sor Juana de la Cruz had to explain her position in a manner that was both intelligent and respectful. She acted as if she was in debt to him so that she would not make a mockery out of him or herself....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Stories were invented a by people at the dawn of civilization for many reasons. Some stories were invented to tell history, some to show patterns. In the book "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" they discover what stories can do to them, and how powerful they are. In the book the Communists ban literature so the people lose there individualism so the government can have complete control of the nation. Stories told to show the past are important because they make people remember the past so they don't repeat it....   [tags: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress] 351 words
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A Comparison of The Grapes of Wrath and Anthem - Comparing The Grapes of Wrath and Anthem       Two great intellectuals of the early twentieth century wrote works of fiction that have become classics; they espoused polar-opposite views, however, of how society best functions. Their battle between communalism, as pictured in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and individualism, as portrayed in Ayn Rand's Anthem, was played out in their novels, and still continues to this day. Based on Ayn Rand's book Anthem, Rand would definitely believe that there is a greater danger involved in communalism than in individualism....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Pros and Cons of The Belmont Honor Code - The Pros and Cons of The Belmont Honor Code To thine own self be true, as Shakespeare writes, is the fundamental principle that defines honesty. Although a variety of factors influence one's decision to be honest, the primary reason to choose integrity is to be true to oneself. Part of being true to oneself is recognizing the need for individualism. Individualism is the state in which a person is able to take in the events of the surrounding world and discern for himself which practices he or she will participate in....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Influences On Early American L - It is strange to consider Thomas Jefferson’s writings when speaking on traits of the American. Jefferson never wrote directly on the topic of the general character of the American. It was he, who was more responsible for setting the parameters of a society which would fulfill the ideals of what would become a part of the American character. He knew that liberty and equality could not exist in a hierarchical society. He also was aware that a society which was primarily production oriented, bound together by interdependence on those who controlled the the financial resources would put to much power in the hands of a few....   [tags: essays research papers] 1138 words
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M. Scott Peck's philosophical novels and the importance of human development - ... While this philosophy does encourage individuation, it ignores the fact that we as people are social creatures who need human contact to thrive. This is where soft individualism comes in. According to this theory, it is acceptable, even beneficial to admit our shortcomings. We are encouraged to become introspective and to honestly evaluate ourselves in order to identify both our strengths and our weaknesses. Like rugged individualism, soft individualism recognizes that we are called to both individuation and to wholeness, yet it stipulates that the only way to achieve this wholeness is through human contact....   [tags: Philosophy, Psychology, Humanism] 1539 words
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New England Nun - Q: New England Nun: Louisa’s Final Decision vs Individualism Theme Louisa faced a tough decision when Joe Dagget returns home because it seems like whatever love she had for him before he left has faded and now she views her wedding as more of a chore. If she is going to marry someone, it shouldn’t be because of a decision made many years ago, it should be made because she truly loves that person and is willing to spend her whole life with him. In order for her to marry Joe, she would need to devote her whole life and way of living to suit him and his needs....   [tags: essays research papers] 422 words
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Andrew Carnegie - Andrew Carnegie was not only an outstanding industrialist, but also a great philanthropist. In the excerpt from page 105, Carnegie is stating that an end to Individualism would result in a revolution not an evolution because it is changing human nature itself, and there would be no way to know if it would even be a change for the better. This excerpt was one trying to convey a communist utopia; a policy of working for the better of each other, not just for the individual alone. This concept of ending Individualism and beginning one class of people, is one that arises with each leader (especially communist) trying to change a society during this period of history....   [tags: essays research papers] 411 words
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Japanese literature - Vernon McCalla Japanese Literature Question #2 2. Individualism has been seen as a characteristic feature of the modern world. How do we see the issue of individualism being dealt with in the works we have read. Discuss examples of individualism in both modern and pre-modern texts. In the works we have read, the characteristic of individualism has played a strong role in the lives and decisions of three characters in particular. The characters Basho, Chockichi, and Okada all display similar acts of individualism in their own stories as they depart not only from their homes but also the traditions that have helped shape their lives for many years....   [tags: essays research papers] 1040 words
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