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(p. 449) The Beginning of the Individual 

(p. 449) The Beginning of the Individual
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(p. 449) The Beginning of the Individual
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0078
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date: 16 December 2019

In this paper, following the contribution of a Catholic bishop (Dr Fisher, later Archbishop of Canterbury) to a newspaper article on abortion, Winnicott unpacks a long sequence of developmental stages along the line relevant to the question ‘when does the individual start?’ He reminds Dr Fisher that any theory of the beginning of the individual, for society as well as for religious controversialists, must take into account the point in time when a child feels responsible for his or her own ideas and actions.

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