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The Individual and Society: does the West have the balance right?

Panel Discussion

To many people, the contemporary emphasis on the individual in politics is responsible for loosening the web of duties and relationships that is crucial to civil life and flourishing communities. Of course, the emphasis is typically intended as an ontological as much as a moral one. The reference to the individual aims to give politics a secure foundation in reality, and, so the argument goes, the real foundations of human forms of life are individuals and their families, not societies.

In the forms of life characteristic of the West today have we got the balance between the individual and society right? Why do we find it so hard to agree the boundaries of personal freedom and collective responsibility? And is the West indeed guilty of privileging the individual at the expense of society?

In this panel discussion the Forum for European Philosophy is collaborating with the new culture and politics magazine Standpoint to explore a fundamental question about the Western image of the individual and its implications for our lives with others.


Rt Hon David Willetts | talks | www
Professor John Cottingham | talks | www
Chair: Daniel Johnston | talks | www


Date and Time:

22 October 2008 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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Forum for European Philosophy, LSE
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