The Decline of the Individual

Reconciling Autonomy with Community

Authors: White, Mark D.

  • Discusses the nature of individual choice in both sciences and the humanities
  • Introduces a novel conception of the person that combines individuality and sociality 
  • Acknowledges the influence of others on individual decision-making
  • Argues that autonomy does not imply selfishness
  • Written in light, humorous style to appeal to the widest readership 
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About this book

This book explores the steady decline in the status of the individual in recent years and addresses common misunderstandings about the concept of individuality. Drawing from psychology, neuroscience, technology, economics, philosophy, politics, and law, White explains how and why the individual has been devalued in the eyes of scholars, government leaders, and the public. He notes that developments in science have led to doubts about our cognitive competence, while assumptions made in the humanities have led to questions about our moral competence. In this book, White goes on to argue that both of these views are mistaken and that they stem from overly simplistic ideas about how individuals make choices, however imperfectly, in their interests, which are multifaceted and complex. In response, he proposes a new way to look at individuals that preserves their essential autonomy while emphasizing their responsibility to others, inspired by the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and the legal and political philosophy reflected in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. This book explains how individuality combines both rights and responsibilities, reconciles the popular yet false dichotomy between individual and society, and provides the basis for a humane and respectful civil society and government.

 

This book is part of White's trilogy on the individual and society, which includes The Manipulation of Choice and The Illusion of Well-Being.

About the authors

Mark D. White is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA, where he teaches courses in economics, philosophy, and law. He is the author of six books, including The Manipulation of Choice (2013) and The Illusion of Well-Being (2015). White is the editor of Palgrave's Perspectives from Social Economics series.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 1-5

  • The Individual in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Economics

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 7-37

  • Big Data, Algorithms, and Quantification

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 39-69

  • Individual in Essence, Social in Orientation

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 71-106

  • Balancing the Individual and Society in Law and Politics

    White, Mark D.

    Pages 107-148

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-61750-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61749-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Decline of the Individual
Book Subtitle
Reconciling Autonomy with Community
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61750-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61750-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-61749-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 154
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