Before going on with the argument, let us take our bearing and sum up. The question on the table in this chapter is whether or not human beings, as moral actors, are primarily individuals–in this or any age. Enlightened liberalism seems to tell us either that we are individuals by nature or that we ought to be. And yet, as was pointed out at the beginning of the chapter, the more we harp on individualism, the more we appear to be herd animals. In earlier books, I surveyed some of the anthropological literature, which shows pretty clearly that, in so-called...
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