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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C. B. Macpherson – Wikipedia

The individual is essentially the proprietor of his own person and capacities, for which he owes nothing to society.

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Hughes – – Philosophical Books 4 2: 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 Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5: It follows then, that capitalism will only be maintained as long as those who have political freedom deem it worthwhile.

It is the reality of market society: These papers were then published in edition as the book, Democracy in Alberta; the theory and practice of a quasi-party system. Brian Tierney – – Speculum 67 1: A Conceptual Analysis Possessive Individualism: Furthermore, the voluntary nature of the exchange is only evident in cases of perfect competition where each product is the same and there are an infinite number of suppliers.


The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

Human Nature and the State of Nature 3. The individual was seen neither as a moral whole, nor as part of larger social whole, but as an owner of himself.

Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: From inside the book. He suggests that Hobbes formulates three models of society: He took several sabbaticals on fellowships which were often spent at English universities including an Overseas Fellowship of Churchill College, Cambridge.

Understanding Society: Possessive individualism

The whole labour force is tied to the land, or to the performance of allotted functions, or in the case of slaves to masters. Past, Present, Future References Notes. The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: Request theorh from index. Macpherson was a Canadian philosopher who influenced quite a few young scholars in the s in North America and Great Britain. Models of Society 4: What does Macpherson mean by this? As the New Statesman declared: Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.


Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor. Social classes and franchise classes in England, circa About the Author s C.

Philosophical Explorations of Individualism, Community, and Equality. Mitchell Request an Inspection Copy. Taxation is theft; the posaessive has no legitimate role beyond protecting individual security and property; government regulation of private business activity is an immoral intrusion on liberty and property; individuals possess liberties and property that the state cannot limit; individuals deserve what they own and owe nothing to society or other citizens.

Fundamentally, Macpherson is interested in helping formulate a political theory that lays a powerful normative base for social democracy. The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5. History of Western Philosophy. This ignores a factual, emprical world where intricate rules are necessary to exist. HegelMacpherson viewed freedom as positive and defined it as the freedom to develop one’s fullest human potential.

The Theory of Property Right 3: