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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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A Community of Psyches

A Community of Psyches

Santayana on Society

(p.145) Ten A Community of Psyches
Freedom and Limits

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Fordham University Press

Lachs argues that the individual is the only moral substance (not atoms, not the state), for it alone is the seat of consciousness and desire required for action. Communities and organizations may “act” but only through the actions of their individual members. Individuals are ultimate in the social world, and the hallmark of a good society is tolerance of different individuals with their different goods. Lachs offers a theory of mediation as an explanation of social life.

Keywords:   George Santayana, Individuals, Tolerance

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