Two Philosophies of the "Social Self"

Herberg, Will
September 1955
New Republic;9/19/55, Vol. 133 Issue 12, p22
The article focuses on the book "The Social Self," by Paul E. Pfuetze. Prevalent today are two antithetical conceptions of the self. At one extreme is the view in which the self is seen as a self-enclosed unit with only external and incidental relations to other selves; it is a view that gives an individualism of self-sufficient autonomy and social atomism. At the other extreme is the conception of the self as "really" no more than a cell in some larger whole; this leads to a totalistic collectivism that is both spiritual and social.


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