Self-RelianceReliance on your own powers and resources.
IndependenceFreedom from the control of others.
EntitlementThe idea that society owes you something without you owing anything in return.
RightsPrinciples of freedom or entitlement that are due an individual. For example, freedom of speech and the right to an education.
Self-FulfillmentThe idea that it is up to the individual to decide what makes their life meaningful and pursue that without restraint.
AnarchismThe belief in a stateless society such that authority is widely distributed.
ExistentialismA philosophy or approach that emphasizes the individual pursuit of self-fulfillment in the face of an apparently absurd and meaningless universe.
LiberalismA political and moral philosophy that values the freedom and equality of the individual.
HedonismThe belief that pleasure is the only good and pain the only bad.
LibertinismThe belief that the individual is free to act without moral restraint.
Ethical EgoismThe belief that people can be moral by acting exclusively in their own interests.
FreethoughtThe view that the individual should be fearless in questioning authority, accepted facts and belief.
HumanismThe view that meaning should be explained in human terms as opposed to the divine or supernatural.
RelativismThe belief that there is no objective reality such as facts but that reality is defined exclusively in terms of each individual's experience.Postmodernism has a strange relationship to individualism. It embraces relativism such that all reality is defined by every individual but also tends to depreciate personal agency such that individuals are viewed as helpless victims of society, systems, history, culture, competition and psychological problems. culturelessness and complete disconnection from society, community and others in general.
SummaryThe following are common examples of individualism.
OverviewThe philosophy that values personal agency, freedom and autonomy.