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pol sci report #4.wps - should not be confused with...

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Tocqueville introduces the reader to a new term and idea called individualism. He defines individualism as “a reflective and peaceable sentiment that disposes each citizen to isolate himself from the mass of those like him and to withdraw to one side with his family and his friends so that after having thus created a little society for his own use, he willingly abandons society at large to itself.” Tocqueville states that individualism
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Unformatted text preview: should not be confused with selfishness of which the peoples of the older countries only knew. “Selfishness is a passionate and exaggerated love of self that brings man to relate everything to himself alone and to prefer himself to everything.” According to Tocqueville, individualism does not gravitate man away from human affections, like selfishness does, but brings the bond between humanity even closer together....
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