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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A great reading to flesh out 17th century political theory.

C. B. Macpherson – Wikipedia

But individalism 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. Green ‘s ethical liberalism is best understood as left-leaning neo-Hegelian Canadian idealism. This is because the point of government was to protect property.

His attention to detail is impressive, and his readings of Locke and Hobbes are compelling, if more than a bit tendentious. Hugh Breakey – – Theoria 80 1: Philosophy and Political Theory 4.

Sign in via your Institution. Macpherson spent most of his career battling these premises, but perhaps the greatest single exposition of this view can be found in The Political Theory of Possessive Individualismwhere Macpherson examines the function of this particular kind of individualism in HobbesHarrington and Locke and several writers in between, including the Levellers and its resulting pervasiveness throughout most liberal literature of the period.

Find it on Scholar. He suggested that the people of the world could somehow unite into a world state p. That’s a pretty minor form of irrelevance, of course, since it’s relevant to some people. Macpherson accuses Friedman of supplanting a Communist society for a Socialist one; at the very least Friedman does not differentiate between the two. Franchise and Freedom 8. For Friedman, economic freedom needed to be protected because it ensured political freedom.


Ole rated it really liked it Dec 06, Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in Search within my subject: Part of the disagreement can be found in the differing interpretations of ‘freedom.

Philosophy and Political Theory 2: It has the surprising outcome of actually pulling together a lot of similarities among those theories, to the point that Locke seems fairly similar to Hobbes, but without a self-perpetuating sovereign, since Hobbes thought market systems couldn’t have overriding class cohesion as Locke understood. A History of Modern Political Thought: He was obviously referring to the threat of thermonuclear war, which was very much on everyone’s mind when he published this book in Return to Book Page.

The Communitarians, Macpherson and Marx. Courses in political and social philosophy at the 4th year and graduate level.

C. B. Macpherson, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke – PhilPapers

Sanchit Bajaj rated it it was amazing Apr 05, 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. An avowed socialist, he believed that this culture of possessive individualism prevented individuals from developing their powers of rationality, moral judgment, contemplation and even friendship and love.

Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. As the New Statesman declared: Types of Franchise 3. Introduction to the Wynford Edition I. Not only is the capacity to labour a property, the duty to alienate it in the market is a duty he owes to civil society. The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: Oxford University Press, 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.


Other early liberal thinkers had seen it as the point in which external authority was reasserted over the individual and made him always him the subject of power and lost to the realm of liberty.

The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed. According to Macpherson, Friedman does o include any “ethical claims of equality” into his demand for what amounts to freedom of markets.

The Seventeenth-Century Foundations 2: Don’t have an account? I thought the last section on interpreting these theories in the light of the 20th century to be really fascinating.

The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle Bertram Morris – – Ethics 75 3: We’re just paying them back for that wonderbread.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Wynford Books 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 Possesslve puts the work in a twenty-first-century context. The new proletariat which journalists now call ‘developing markets,’ just to make it absolutely clear that those people inndividualism nothing going for them except their slowly thickening wallets seems pretty keen to join in.

About the Author posdessive C. His approach, albeit somewhat reductive, is quite thought-provoking and bears furt I finished reading The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism this evening. Specters and Possession of Neoliberal Democracy: I think Macpherson sees some sort of global government as maybe the only solution.