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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This seminal work by political philosopher C. Widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent political theorist of the twentieth century, he was the author of numerous books, including The Life indivixualism Times of Liberal Democracy and The Real World of Democracyand was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Posssssive library Help Advanced Book Search. It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians.

The Balance and the Gentry 3: Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

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

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He suggested that the people of the world could somehow unite into a world state p. At that time a Ph.

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Milton Friedman believed that if plitical of the regulatory and welfare activities of Western states were discontinued, freedom would be advanced.

The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: In Friedman’s words, “history suggests This supported their essential equality, but one which could indvidualism transcended because, being the possess of their own powers, the individual could trade their exercise in either aggressive or defensive directions for other outcomes considered more valuable than the exercise of power.


The Problem of the Franchise 2. Common terms and phrases accumulation agrarian alienate analysis appropriation argued argument army assertion assumed assumptions balance behaviour bourgeois capacities capital civil society cohesion common commonwealth competitive concept consent consistent copyholders deduced doctrine economic England English essential established estimates excluded franchise classes freedom freeholder franchise gentry Harrington Hobbes Hobbes’s honour Ibid in-servants individual inference introduction of money Ireton John Lilburne justice Individkalism labour labouring class land law of nature Levellers Leviathan liberty living Locke Locke’s logical man’s manhood franchise manhood suffrage market relations men’s model of society moral natural law necessary nobility non-servant franchise obligation from fact Oceana overbalance person physiological postulates political obligation political theory position possessive market society principle produce property in one’s Putney debate R.

A Conceptual Analysis Possessive Individualism: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The unexpected has happened, possessivd the shock waves are still being absorbed. In this regard, socialism allows a better check on economic power toward political power than the converse under capitalism. Oxford University Press, Mariusz Turowski – – Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 8 2: But although I look forward to reading Macpherson’s other books as well as studying further the modern philosophers, I need a break from modernity.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: This, of course, was even more of a utopian fantasy during the height of the Cold War the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October than it is today. For Friedman, economic freedom needed to be protected because it ensured political freedom.

Macpherson – – Oxford, Clarendon Press. Macpherson’s analysis of Hobbes and Locke is quite brilliant. The problematic irrelevance is MacPherson’s use of the language of class. The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed. It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians Facundo Bey rated it it was amazing Sep 28, The proletariat is off buying Michael Buble albums posssessive drinking Bud Lite, and it’s not clear it was ever going to do anything else.


The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Working with money as a theme, Locke takes a different view of the question of wage earning. The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle Its possessive quality is found in its conception of the politiacl as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society f An intriguing polihical.

I think Macpherson sees some sort of global government as maybe the only solution. For Macpherson, capitalism was discordant with freedom.

Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality 4: An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance. MacPherson’s general approach to early modern political theorists is spot on: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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It’s reliant on economic strength. The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5. Published December 31st by Oxford University Press. Elia Pavanello rated it it was ok Mar 23, Sanchit Bajaj rated it it was amazing Apr 05,