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 Incredible Canadian Bruce Hutchison. At that time a Ph.

The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke

Allison Rj rated it liked it Oct 07, History of Political Theory: It gets a lot more intriguing when he writes about Harrington, a theorist I didn’t know much about, and this was as great an introduction to him as I could have wished for.

The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism in its early days, this book provokes more than thought.

Philosophy and Political Theory 2. Macpherson theoory to the root of the underlying assumptions behind the seeming inconsistencies in Hobbes, Harrington and Locke, and shows very convincingly how their theories nevertheless for the most part hold together in view of the emerging market society – and market morality – of the 17th century.

Harrington’s Stature Part Five: Macpherson Prize for the best book on political theory written by a Canadian.


Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts. But Macpherson argues that foundational liberal theories have failed, and perhaps the way to amend them is through the cohesion of insecurity we all share due to the threat of nuclear war.

PooiticalMacpherson was criticized from some on both the left and the right.

C. B. Macpherson

An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance. In this regard, socialism allows a better check on economic power toward political power than the converse under capitalism.

Problems of Interpretation Part Two: Types of Franchise 3: The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sylvain rated it it was amazing Jan 09, These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed. He suggested that the people of the world could somehow indivdiualism into a world state p.

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

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The proletariat is off buying Michael Buble albums politicql drinking Bud Lite, and it’s not clear it was ever going to do anything else. Peter Lindsay posssessive – Philosophy and Social Criticism 28 2: The power to influence society was regarded as a commodity – something offered for exchange within the context of a market. That seems unlikely in the near term, but maybe international agreements through the UN, like the Paris Accord, are a step in that direction.


C. B. Macpherson, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke – PhilPapers

Macpherson then moves the argument through a succeeding line of philosophical standpoints which have generally being considered more congenial to liberal outlooks. The Balance and the Gentry God and his Reason commanded him t subdue the Earth, ie to improve it for the benefit of Life, and therein lay something upon it that was his own, his labour.

The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians.

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The free individual was a person who had property in his own person and capacities, able to enjoy them exclusively and exclude others from this enjoyment. Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

Brian Tierney – – Speculum 67 1: I think Macpherson sees some sort of global government as maybe the only solution.