IF we seek a definition for what is ordinarily called "the individual," we get an answer that has a strangely paradoxical sound: "The individual is an institution." And yet, no other answer has any meaning. For individuality is a product of the Spirit; and the Spirit forms and transforms, integrates and disintegrates the groups and relations of tendencies, habits, and aptitudes which constitute the individuality, no less than ii forms and transforms so called historical or social institutions -- ancient slavery, mediéval serfdom, the Roman family, the Christian, family, the Hindu caste. These may be considered as so many individuals living and dying as truly as Cæesar or Napoleon lived and died.
It may be objected that these latter individualities are not conscious of themselves as the others -- individuals commonly so-called --