Individuals and Individuality

By Brian John Martine

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy
Paperback : 9780873958288, 93 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873958295, 93 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents

1. Introduction
Two Traditional Views of the Nature of the Individual
2. Hegel's Beginning
An Examination of Hegel's Treatment of Individuality
3. A Peircean Model
Peirce's Phenomenology as an Account of Individuality
4. Toward a New Beginning
Art, Philosophy, and Individuality


Individuals and Individuality criticizes Hegel's theory of dialectic for eliminating the possibility of irreducible individuality. The argument then goes on to defend and expand Peirce's theory of firstness, secondness, and thirdness as a more nearly adequate account of individuality. The discussion culminates with an interpretation of art as illustrating the essence of individuality.

Brian Martine lays a foundation for a more complex discussion of what it means to be individual. This book provides an elegant account of the nature of the individual, without reducing it to a cluster of universals or claiming that it is a bare particular that must be acknowledged but never articulated. Martine gets in between universality and individuality in both a sensitive and responsible fashion.