The concept of individualism often carries with it negative connotations. Associated with selfishness and egotism, its principles are seen by many to be in opposition to social stability. Individualism is also seen as promoting competition among individuals. Contrary to this popular perception, however, is the assertion that individualism does not necessarily result in extreme selfishness nor does it always promote competition among members of society; indeed, in the marketplace competition is seen as beneficial. One can argue, in fact, that individualism is as much a description of social reality as it is a morality directing the behavior of individuals.
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McCombs, Mark D.
"The Moral Philosophy of Individualism: Its History and Relationship with Collectivism,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6:
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