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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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. As the New Statesman declared: What does Macpherson mean by this?

The seventeenth-century foundations — The twentieth-century dilemma — Appendix: University of Toronto London School of Economics. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat In this regard, socialism allows a better check on economic power toward political power than the converse under capitalism.

Types of Franchise 3. Find it on Scholar. Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts. Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything mcpherson new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

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Understanding Society: Possessive individualism

Insecurity, Citizenship, and Globalization: Much of the more Hayekian, civil society style libertarianism is just as much enamored of obligations to others in society, they just don’t think individuslism state is the best way to go about it. The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Society individualjsm a lot of free equal individuals related to each other as proprietors of their own capacities and of what they have acquired by their exercise.


Macpherson’s interpretation of Hobbes’s philosophy provides an interesting discussion of “models of society” that is worth drawing attention to. One can, of course, possesslve to change jobs, but one cannot choose not to work.

Man’s Emerging Mind – The late N. Philosophy and political theory — Human ineividualism and the state of nature — Models of society — Political obligation — Penetration and limits of Hobbe’s political theory — The Levellers: It follows then, that capitalism will only be maintained as long as those who have political freedom deem it worthwhile. Greg Bird – – Angelaki 18 3: Sign in to annotate. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Individuals have obligations to other members of society; government has the responsibility of protecting the wellbeing of the least advantaged in society; government has the responsibility possessuve protecting the public good against harmful effects of private activities; decisions about public policies can and should be made through effective institutions of democratic self-determination; inequalities of wealth and power need to be restrained to ensure the political voice of the whole of society.

Oxford, Clarendon Press Unexamined ambiguities — The balance and the gentry — The bourgeois society — The equal commonwealth polltical the equal agrarian — The self-cancelling balance principle — Harrington’s stature –Locke: I have many times wishes to write a similar survey of “possessive collectivism.


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 the individual, and combine it again with a sense of the moral value of community, macphrrson had been present in some measure in the Puritan and Lockean theory. Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us. Abstract and Keywords C. The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory 2. Here is his formulation late in the book: Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Series: The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: The human essence is freedom from dependence on the wills of others, and freedom is a function individualis possession.

The present study … suggests that the difficulties of modern liberal-democratic theory lie deeper than had been thought, that the original seventeenth-century individualism contained the central difficulty, which lay in its possessive quality.