‘The individual’ in the individualism/communitarianism debate: In defense of personism

  • Nancy O. Myles
Keywords: ‘the individual’, individuality, community, communality, personism


Conceptually obfuscating the construct ‘the individual’ with the individuality of persons is the main underlying presupposition that generates the communitarianism/individualism debate and nourishes its tensions. Adopting chiefly an analytic approach, this paper brings some clarity to the substance of the debate focusing on Western ‘communitarian’ thought. It advocates making ‘the person’ the focus as ‘personism’ necessarily encompasses individuality and communality. Dispelling many quandaries of the debate, it is hoped, exposes to a greater degree, what should be one main, if not the main, concern of socio-political theory and practice.

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