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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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individualism definitions

individualism

  • a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
  • the principle or habit of or belief in independent thought or action.
  • the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests; egoism.
  • Philosophy: the doctrine or belief that all actions are determined by, or at least take place for, the benefit of the individual, not of society as a whole.
Source: The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright © 1997 by Random House Inc.

individualism

  • Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence. Acts or an act based on this belief.
  • A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person's economic goals.
  • A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.
  • The quality of being an individual; individuality. b. An individual characteristic; a quirk.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

individualism

  • theory that stresses the rights, liberties, and independence of the individual.
  • the pursuit of individual needs and concerns, sometimes ignoring the needs and concerns of the community.
Source: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary


Machiavelli and individualism


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