Putting together a book list on individual vs collective thinking


I am very interested on comparing the drives to and results from individualist vs collectivist thinking. I'd like about 5-10 books and for them to portray both sides of the argument. So far I have:

  • "The Origins of Totalitarianism", Hannah Arendt
  • "The Banality of Evil", Hannah Arendt
  • "The Road to Serfdom", Fredreich Hayek
  • "The True Believer", Eric Hoffer

Any recommendations are welcome.


Posted 2021-01-11T14:56:44.173

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1J. Henrich (2016) The Secret of Our Success (Princeton UP) is book I really enjoyed; Why Humans Cooperate: A Cultural and Evolutionary Explanation (Oxford 2007) could be a substitute. – sand1 – 2021-01-11T22:21:27.230

Thanks for the tip. I'm not sure of Arendt and Hoffer's tilt, but I know Hayek is heavy on individualism. Are you suggesting this source will provide a pro collectivist counterbalance? – connor449 – 2021-01-12T12:44:30.233

1An overblown individualism is currently advertised by mainstream neoliberalism as the 'objective position'. Henrich does a very good job in deflating the claim. Instead of an egoistic - individualistic homo economicus collectivists propse a homo reciprocans, Kropotkin 's Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution (1902) is indeed a clasic (and freely available). – sand1 – 2021-01-12T15:59:45.333

Awesome, thanks. It's on the list! – connor449 – 2021-01-12T20:43:40.473

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