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This is one of the most important political and moral categories in the language. But before touching on its well-known (but much argued-over) usages, it is necessary to indicate a more technical use where the term means simply one of something. For our purposes, it is worth noting that the ways we have of identifying something as strictly individual (that is, unique) are often rough and ready, and that scientific method in particular must be at pains to be as certain as possible when it has discovered an individual (which therefore cannot be an example nor a class, still less a genus or species).

Individuals in the conventional sense are similarly just that: each of us is the only one, the single instantiation of you ...

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