Individualism, Solitude and Privacy

  • Mary Midgley


In our present discussion we are chiefly concerned to look, not at nature, but at the individualistic view of relations between human beings. And here there does seem to be something strange in the idealisation of solitude. Human beings are not limpets or even crocodiles, they are highly social creatures. Except for a few natural hermits, they have to interact fairly constantly if they are to have any sort of a satisfying life. And these interactions are only possible where there is some measure of agreement on basic patterns, patterns that are provided partly by universal natural tendencies and partly by each particular culture.


Moral Judgement Private Sphere Moral View Individualistic View Satisfying Life 
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© Mary Midgley 1993

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