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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 15 Freedoms, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 15 Freedoms, Section 1 Summary

Dewey and Holmes always focused on the rights of society instead of the individual. It was this thinking that helped create the thoughts on individualism of the 20th Century. To these two men, freedom was only given if there was a chance it could be taken away, and that an individual could not have a right or a freedom unless society as a whole had that same right or freedom first. This was the basis of their theories.

Part 5, Chapter 15 Freedoms, Section 1 Analysis

The author explains why Dewey and Holmes did not focus on individualism, but on society as a whole. They believed that unless a freedom or right was given by another, it was not a freedom.

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