The Concept Of Individual Rights

1787 Words Oct 9th, 2014 8 Pages
The concept of individual rights refers to the freedom each individual possesses to pursue life without interference from other individuals or the government. A community is a collection of said individuals, with common interests and values, who take up community responsibilities to ensure that the collection holds objective standards that are beneficiary to all. Even though these concepts are intrinsically linked, in that one cannot survive without the other, there is often a desire to separate them and define where one ends and the other begins. Human social life can often be seen as a unity of two seemingly contradictory behavioral ideas: status competition and reciprocity. Status competition is the practice of striving to establish superiority over others for exclusive benefit, while reciprocity is the practice of exchanging a positive action with another positive action for some mutual benefit. Tension arises between the idea of a flourishing personal identity and a flourishing community when a mutually beneficial goal seems to interfere with an exclusive goal; oftentimes, individuals reject making personal sacrifices unless they can see immediate, personal results. The Apology and Crito, written by Plato on the behalf of Socrates, explore the higher ethical concerns that dominated Socrates’ personal life and philosophy, and thus explore his view on how the society and individual should interact. The Republic expresses the views of his student Plato, through a…
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