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Pub-Given 2012
ISBN 9788842059929
pages 619
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Free and equal. Control of the individualistic ideology

Nadia Urbinati
Laterza publishers

The relationship between freedom and equality is the crucial thematic hub to understand the importance of individualism in modern democracy and not to confuse the feeling of personal independence with selfishness and indifference to the fate of society.

Modernity as a culture of individuality (and thus of rights) and modernity as economic and technical individualism of power: This dichotomy was the scene for the birth of democracy from the 17th to 18th centuries. Century. It has also made complex the criticism of individualism, the opposite of which is not just a permanent and anti-modern society.

Democratic individualism is the most coherent alternative to individualistic ideology because it is a political and moral culture of respect for the person, their rights and their fundamental equality. Its opposite is not only a hierarchically structured world, but also a view of modern society as the domain of the private. Individualism does not mean the end of politics, but a possibility to understand the public as the place where rights, rules and institutions are created in order to be able to share common goods and learn to respect one another when interests and ideas diverge without searching or the flight from politics or its subordination to the desires and passions of the private sector.

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