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The Quest for the Individual

Roots of Western Civilization

William J. Carroll, John J. Furlong and Stephen C. Mann

In an age of rapidly expanding technology, we are constantly confronted by the reality that our technology has outstripped our ethical decision making abilities. Central to this problem is the importance and respect attached to the individual. But what is the origin of this notion? Why is the individual considered distinctive? This book presents essays by prominent scholars on the origin of the idea of the individuality of human beings through literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts.