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On the other hand, writers who support the priority of the individual over the collective see society as an aggregation or sum of its diverse parts. For them, the public interest is the outcome of aggregate politics, in which summing individual choices produces a majority position that determines who leads the government and which policies are worth implementing. FAMILY AND GENDER ROLES One criticism leveled against studying many of the great political philosophers is that they often ignore or pointedly exclude women, various racial and ethnic minorities, and (usually lower) social classes from the political process.
These writers can be described as theo-idealists, as they reconciled ancient pagan idealism with medieval Christian belief by placing idealism in the service of faith rather than reason. To them, God is both real and the embodiment of all other ideal values. Accordingly, the highest human objective for theo-idealists is heavenly salvation, and even in the political arena this objective takes precedence over lesser and apparently more practical earthly objectives, such as wealth, political influence, physical strength, and even secular wisdom.