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Individual Thinking and the Zeitgeist
A discussion of the role of the zeitgeist, the general trend of thinking, in the development of an individual's pattern of thought.
# 124965 | 2,500 words | 25 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Philosophy (General)

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The paper shows that the zeitgeist can play, and historically has played, a negative role in the development of an individual's pattern of thought. But this paper further argues that mental sickness derived from the zeitgeist must also be attributed to the individual's habit of maintaining himself within his culture's given current zeitgeist. The paper draws on Weiss to conclude that mental self-mastery is as important as the zeitgeist in developing a way of thinking within society.

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"The problem of man's individual ability to act in a complex society and exist under a nation state that directs his behavior has been predominant since the Enlightenment. The role of the zeitgeist or the general trend of thinking in a period of time versus man's own freedom to think has been a more recent concern of post-Enlightenment philosophy. A major proponent of individual mental liberty was John Stuart Mill whose treatise "On Liberty" advocates the freedom of man to think what he will think, in addition..."

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