The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism (Hobbes to Locke). By C. B. Macpherson. Oxford University Press, Those of us who have had the good . C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke challenged the canonical interpretation of seventeenth-century . Introduction. The roots of liberal-democratic theory — Problems of interpretation — Hobbe: the political obligation of the market. Philosophy and political theory.

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So Macpherson’s voice is still relevant, almost fifty years later.

Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.

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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

The repair that was needed [to liberal theory] was one that would bring back a sense of the moral worth of oc individual, and combine it again with a sense of the moral value of community, which had been present in some measure in the Puritan and Lockean theory. The Ambiguous Civil Society 6.


Corporate Legitimacy as Deliberation: Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Series: Click to enlarge Price: The human essence is freedom from dependence on politica wills of others, and freedom is a function of possession.

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It is worthwhile drawing out the connections between possessive individualism and conservative libertarian political groups in the present. Account Options Sign in.

The core of the book is a set of interpretive chapters on Hobbes, Locke, the Levellers, and Harrington. Sign in via your Institution. But as always just what individuals get to make the rules of the state ignores the plurality of society. This ignores a factual, emprical world where intricate rules are necessary to exist.

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The Multiple Faces of State Protection. Mitchell Request an Inspection Copy. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

It follows then, that capitalism will only be maintained as long as those who have political freedom deem it worthwhile. So nice to see someone post about MacPherson! Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts.

Abstract and Keywords Individualisk. Friedman also contended that where socialism links economics with politics, economics cannot act as a check on political power within a socialist society, as it can in a capitalist society.


Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in Brian Tierney – – Speculum 67 1: Oxford, Clarendon Press Here is his formulation late in the book: It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians. Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: These chapters are careful, detailed, and closely textual and contextual.

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Social classes and franchise classes in England, circa One of the key works of twentieth-century political philosophy Long out of print and now available in theoy affordable new edition New introduction by Frank Cunningham of the University of Toronto puts the work in a twenty-first-century context. Macpherson Prize for the best book on political theory written by a Canadian.