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Individual

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

An individual is a whole unit, an organism separate from other organisms of its own kind. However, when referring to, or speaking of, an individual as a rational human, it is in reference to a specific and separate human individual. An individual is one, perhaps among many humans. How one views himself or herself and how cultures and religions define an individual is where the arguments unfold and difference emerges. An individual's identity may be defined by that person's place ...

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