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The Christian Roots of Individualism

Authors: Heath, Maureen P.

  • Focuses on on one of the key debates in modern Western Society: how did we become so focused upon ourselves and our individuality?
  • Explores how the birth of a Christian worldview affected the evolution of individualism in Western culture as a cultural meme
  • Investigates the effect of religion on the historically evolving psychological sense of self
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About this book

The modern West has made the focus on individuality, individual freedom, and self-identity central to its self-definition, and these concepts have been crucially shaped by Christianity. This book surveys how the birth of the Christian worldview affected the evolution of individualism in Western culture as a cultural meme.  Applying a biological metaphor and Richard Dawkins’ definition of a meme, this work argues the advent of individualism was not a sudden innovation of the Renaissance or the Enlightenment, but a long evolution with characteristic traits.  This evolution can be mapped using profiles of individuals in different historical eras who contributed to the modern notion of individualism.  Utilizing excerpts from original works from Augustine to Nietzsche, a compelling narrative arises from the slow but steady evolution of the modern self.  The central argument is that Christianity, with its characteristic inwardness, was fundamental in the development of a sense of self as it affirmed the importance of the everyday man and everyday life.


About the authors

Maureen P. Heath received a Doctorate in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 2018. She previously served as an Air Force officer and as a Vice President at Northrup Grumman Corporation.  This is her first book.

 


Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: January 9, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30089-0
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 12, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30088-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Christian Roots of Individualism
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30089-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30089-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30088-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 294
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