Approaching the Individual: Survey of Descartes, Locke, Husserl, and Nagel

Faulkner, Rebecca Lynn

The modern Western concept of the individual begins first with the question of oneness. What does it means to be one? Herein I will briefly discuss how Descartes, Locke, Husserl, and Nagel, as important and interesting philosophers on this idea, treat the concept of the individual. Though this paper deals with a modern Western concept, it does so in the interest of providing philosophical background to my larger research interest in Muhammad Iqbal's ideas of the individual and the individual's relationship to the community; Iqbal's philosophy asks next, 'what does it mean to be one in a community?' and thereby necessitates this background inquiry.



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April 17, 2013