Classical Individualism: The Supreme Importance of Each Human Being


In Classical Individualism, Tibor Machan argues that individualism is far from being dead. Machan identities, develops and defends what he calls classical individualism: the sort with roots in Aristotle rather than Hobbes. This type of individualism does not reject the social nature of the human being, but finds that every human being is also a self-directed agent who is responsible for what he or she does. Machan rejects all types of collectivism, including communitarianism, ethnic solidarity, racial unity, and gender identity.

The ideas in Classical Individualism have important social and political implications, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with the notion of individuality and individual responsibility.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998


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