The 1980s have been characterized as a period of selfish individualism that threatens the cohesion of society. But th...

Lizzie on July 11 at 06:08PM

Hard time understanding two uses

Hi, I'm having a hard time understanding how this passage uses selfish differently? I seem to have a hard time identifying this type of flaw, is there any trick/tip you can give me to help me get better? Thank you!

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Irina on July 13 at 03:01AM

@Lizzie The different uses of the term "selfish" here are selfish individualism versus selfish concern for the human species, i.e. concern for one's own species well-being rather than a pursuit of one's self-interest. The author uses an example of this "species selfishness" to argue that every period of human history is characterized by "selfish individualism," even though these are two distinct behaviors. Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any more questions.