The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism (Hobbes to Locke). By C. B. Macpherson. Oxford University Press, Those of us who have had the good . Macpherson’s best-known contribution to political philosophy is the theory of ” possessive individualism”, in which an individual. C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke challenged the canonical interpretation of seventeenth-century .

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The middle part of the book is more uneven; I found the chapter on the Levellers a bit tedious, though still interesting both in itself as well as in this context. The Theory of Property Right 3: Sign in Create an account. Choose your country or region Close. They took on a quality found in apologies in that the author tried to me If like me one had read only Hobbes’ Leviathan and Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, one will gain breadth and social context from reading C. Models of Society 4.

Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality 4. Widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent political theorist of the twentieth century, he was the author of numerous books, including The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy and The Real World of Democracyand was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor.


The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5. Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality At that time a Ph. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In Friedman’s words, “history suggests These skills and those of others are a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market, and in such a society is demonstrated a selfish and unending thirst for consumption which is considered the crucial core of human nature.

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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism – C.B. Macpherson – Oxford University Press

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The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed. Hung rated it it was amazing Jun 19, A Note on Friedman’s Freedom. Don’t have an account? Description About the Author s Table of Contents Description One of the key works of twentieth-century political philosophy Long out of print and now available in an affordable new edition New introduction by Frank Cunningham of the University of Toronto puts the work in a twenty-first-century context.

I think Macpherson sees some sort of global government as maybe the only solution. Sign in to annotate. In it, Macpherson argues that the chief difficulty of the notion of individualism that underpins classical liberalism lies in what he calls its “possessive quality” – “its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them.


The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke by C.B. Macpherson

The problematic irrelevance is MacPherson’s use of the language of class. Types of Franchise I find the implication unconvincing. Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.

The Bourgeois Society 4: This is because the point of government was to protect property. Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in Added to PP index Total downloads 63, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 14 34, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Other early liberal thinkers had seen it as the point in which external authority was reasserted over the individual and made him always him the subject of power and lost to the realm of liberty. The Ambiguous Civil Society Possessive individualism was, for MacPherson, the defining politiacl of the bourgeoisie.

Macpherson’s best-known contribution to political philosophy is the macpherxon of “possessive individualism”, in which an individual is conceived as the sole proprietor of his or her skills and owes nothing to society for them. The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism in its early days, this book provokes more amcpherson thought.

Democracy and Public Space John R. Philosophy and Political Theory 2: Furthermore, the voluntary nature of the exchange is only evident in cases of perfect competition where each product is the same and there are an infinite number of suppliers.