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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Friedman shows great disdain for positive freedomassociating it with Marxism and Communism ; he uses the term ‘liberal’ with derision when referring to socialists, while contesting that he was a true liberal. Account Options Sign in.
This may be true on a negative conception of freedom, but not on Macpherson’s positive conception. These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed.
Macpherson goes to the root of the underlying assumptions behind the seeming inconsistencies in Hobbe Macpherson’s analysis of Hobbes and Locke is quite brilliant. Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts.
The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism – C.B. Macpherson – Oxford University Press
Kramer – – Cambridge University Press. Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.
It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians. Please subscribe or login to access full text content. The Bourgeois Society 4: Seen as the exemplar of what anyone could want from a modern liberal democrat — government by consent, majority rule, minority rights, moral supremacy of the individual, and sanctity of individual property.
Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. 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 Wynford Project This seminal work by political philosopher C. 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, and passions.
The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5. 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 This seminal work by political philosopher C. Don’t have an account? A Quaestio of Henry of Ghent.
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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. Human Nature and the State of Nature 3. Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. Courses in political and social philosophy at the 4th year and graduate level. But the motion of every individual had to be considered to be in conflict with the motion of others, with the danger of collision being ever present.
Brosephicles rated it liked it Jul 09, The new proletariat which journalists now call ‘developing markets,’ just to make it absolutely clear that those people have nothing going for them except their slowly thickening wallets seems pretty keen to join in. Seems to reveal a lot in the theories of Hobbes, the Levellers and Locke which were confusing or appeared contradictory.
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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism
I have many times wishes to write a similar survey of “possessive collectivism. The Seventeenth-Century Foundations 2.
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Part of the disagreement can be found in the differing interpretations of ‘freedom. Jan 14, Randal Samstag rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
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