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Martin Luther and the Age of the Individual
Volume 13, Issue 1, October 2018

Luther: The Age of the Individual, 500 Years Ago
By Christine Helmer
Modern western values, such as the autonomy of the individual, the individual’s freedom from religious or political coercion, and the individual’s vocation in society, have been attributed to Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation. Yet, did Luther insist on individual freedom? 
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(Additional resource: Dr. Helmer's new book, How Luther Became the Reformer)

The Absent I in Persian Poetry
By Roya Hakakian
In all our lives, there are a handful of watershed moments which, if properly recognized, can illuminate the past, change our relationship to the present, or influence if not determine the course of the future. For Martin Luther, that moment came 500 years ago when he cut himself loose from the Pope. 
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Individualistic Welfare Analysis in the Age of Behavioral Science
By Michael Woodford 
Experimental demonstration of systematic errors and biases in human choice behavior might seem to undermine the individualistic approach to welfare analysis. This essay discusses two ways in which empirical studies can seek to infer people’s true interests.
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Economic Individualism and Preference Formation
By Andrzej Rapaczynski

This note examines some issues involved in an attempt to go beyond the assumption, long made by most economists, that people’s preferences are simply to be treated as “given” and that the principle of consumer sovereignty entails a refusal to consider some (or some people’s) revealed preferences as more authoritative than others.
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The Reaction Against Individualism and the Origins of Corporatism
By Juan Vicente Sola

Corporatism describes a system that directs and coordinates labor and capital in matters of common interest. It has a long history with modernized versions, which intend to separate it from any fascist connection. In all cases, corporatist policies are a plan for economic stagnation.
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