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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I have many times wishes to write a similar survey of “possessive collectivism. Refresh and try again. Unsettled Problems Reconsidered Part Six: He achieves this by a line of reasoning which shows that, in the individuzlism ages human beings replaced the drive towards endless expansion into wilderness as a means to secure subsistence by a system which sought to increase the amount of trade that went on between communities.

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

Human Nature and possesive State of Nature 5. Return to Book Page. As the 19th century progressed and suffrage was expanded, there were corresponding restraints placed upon capitalism which indicates that political freedom and capitalism are at odds with one another. As MacPherson puts it, Locke reads back into nature a natural propensity on the part of man to accumulate, and the only check that there had been upon it had been the absence of money and popitical.


Sylvain rated it it was amazing Macphersoon 09, Its possessive quality is found in its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Hobbes To Locke by C.

Sanchit Bajaj rated it it was amazing Apr 05, The Problem of the Franchise 9. It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians We’re just paying them back for that wonderbread. Introduction, Frank Cunningham Part One: Monday – Friday, possessiev UK time.

Hope that works out for you! Special Features 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 mmacpherson the work in a twenty-first-century context.

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

An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance. In Friedman’s words, “history suggests No doubt when he was writing it looked likely that the proletariat was forming itself into a cohesive political body that would be able to undermine the ‘possessive individualism’ that he accurately and brilliantly describes.

The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism in its poitical days, this book provokes more than thought. Lists with This Book.


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. Types of Franchise 3: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Macpherson’s best-known contribution to political philosophy is the theory 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.

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The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke

I’m going back to Plato for awhile—to a philosopher who considered reason to be an end in itself and not just a means to the satisfaction of human needs, wants, oossessive passions. Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.

Mariusz Turowski – – In A. Problems of Interpretation II. So it would be fatuous to write a ‘philosophical’ theory of political obligation today, except, of course, people keep doing it.