Authenticity in Bioethics: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
Public examination on June 10, 13.00
What is moral individualism?
I am currently working on a project on moral individualism. I take as starting point the minimalist conception of moral individualism as the idea that individual beings should enjoy a privileged position relative to other relevant normative considerations.
The purposes of the project include identifying the various alternatives to moral individualism, such as collectivism, i.e., the idea that the value of common interests outweigh that of individuals.
They also include exploring different versions of moral individualism. For instance, the distinction can be made between the value of individuals and that of individuality, i.e., cultivating one’s unique character. It seems reasonable to treat them differently.
Other problems discussed are how moral individualism is politically relevant, what the nature is of ”the individual” in individualism, and to what extent it is possible and desirable to incorporate important insights from critics into an individualist moral framework.