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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For Friedman, economic freedom needed to be protected because it ensured political freedom.

Understanding Society: Possessive individualism

This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Specters and Possession of Neoliberal Democracy: Problems of Interpretation II. Bertram Morris – – Ethics 75 3: University of Chicago Press, Models of Society 4.

Unexamined ambiguities — The balance and the gentry — The bourgeois society — The equal commonwealth and the equal agrarian — The self-cancelling balance principle — Harrington’s stature –Locke: Leemans – – Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie Bertram Morris – – Ethics 75 3: The human essence is freedom from dependence on the wills of others, and freedom is poljtical function of possession. At that time a Ph.

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It is worthwhile drawing out the connections between possessive individualism and conservative libertarian political groups in the present. So Macpherson’s voice is still relevant, almost fifty years later. Sign in with your library card.


Description About the Author s Table of Contents Description One of the key works of twentieth-century political philosophy Long out of print and now available in an affordable new edition New introduction by Frank Cunningham of the University of Toronto puts the work in a twenty-first-century context. Greg Bird – – Macpherosn 18 3: Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in Taxation is legitimate for at least three different reasons: Brian Tierney – – Speculum 67 1: Philosophy and Political Theory 2: Justice is served by simply protecting the possessions of individual tgeory.

Justice is served by creating a system of legislation and policy that ensures the dignity and democratic rights of all members of society.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Problems of Interpretation II. Widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent political theorist of the twentieth century, he was the author of numerous books, including The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy and The Real World of Democracyand was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

The Balance and the Gentry 3. The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Philosophy and political theory — Human nature and the state of nature — Models of society — Political obligation — Penetration and limits of Hobbe’s political theory — The Levellers: Introduction to the Wynford Edition I.


Although the individual cannot alienate the whole o fhis property in his own person, he may alienate his capacity to labour. These assumptions do indiivdualism substantially to the actual relations of a market society. Green ‘s ethical liberalism is best understood as left-leaning neo-Hegelian Canadian idealism. Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Series: The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle 6.

C. B. Macpherson

Macpherson accuses Friedman of supplanting a Communist society politiccal a Socialist one; at the very least Friedman does not differentiate between the two. In this regard, socialism allows a better check on economic power toward political power than the converse under capitalism.

The Seventeenth-Century Foundations 2: For the exchange to be truly voluntary “the proviso that is needed is whether to enter into any exchange at all. Unsettled Problems Reconsidered VI. Click to enlarge Price: With these postulates including institutions and actorswe get a certain kind induvidualism social functioning. Our political sphere could still use a powerful and unifying theory providing a justification for these social democratic ideas.