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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The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke by C.B. Macpherson
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Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: Higher Education Skip to main content. Sep 28, Meghna Kajla marked it as to-read. He suggests in the concluding two pages that the possessive individualism regime can be overcome mafpherson by amending Hobbes, “this time more clearly than he was theoey Locke,” in the face of the “new equality of insecurity” caused by twentieth-century technology.
Sep 08, John Smith rated it really liked it. Hobbes commenced the process by radically rethinking the status of the individual human being and constituting each as a complete identity prior to entering society.
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The problematic irrelevance is MacPherson’s use of the language of class. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. It gets a lot more intriguing when he writes about Harrington, a theorist I didn’t know much about, and this was as great an introduction to him as I could have wished for. History of Western Philosophy. Maja Solar rated it really liked it Aug 26, Justin rated it did mcapherson like it Dec 30, Special Features 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.
HegelMacpherson viewed freedom as positive and defined it as the freedom to hte one’s fullest human potential. Since the material facts of possessive individualism remain, he says that there is now a contradiction between the former ethical underpinnings of liberal democracy and the interests of the mixed group that now governs.
He was obviously referring to the threat of thermonuclear war, which was very much on everyone’s mind when he published this book in I have many times wishes to write a similar survey of “possessive collectivism.
Paperbackpages. The proletariat is off buying Michael Buble albums and drinking Bud Lite, and it’s not clear it was ever going to do anything else. Aksel Sterri rated it really liked it Jul 07, Brian Tierney – – Speculum individuwlism 1: They took on a quality found in apologies in that the author tried to mend the inconsistency and ambiguity of the original texts polktical bringing in social context—the unstated prejudices and presumptions of the times.
The Balance and the Gentry 3: The free individual was a person who had property in his own person and capacities, able to enjoy them exclusively and exclude others from this enjoyment.
This supported their essential equality, but one which could be transcended because, being the possess of their own powers, the individual could trade their exercise in either aggressive or defensive directions for other outcomes considered more valuable than the exercise of power. 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. Models of Society 4: No doubt when he was writing it looked likely that the proletariat was forming itself into a cohesive political body that would be able to undermine the ‘possessive individualism’ that he accurately and brilliantly describes.
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His approach, albeit somewhat reductive, is quite thought-provoking and bears furt I finished reading The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism this evening. Possessive Individualism and Liberal Democracy In Friedman’s words, “history suggests Dec 08, Justin Evans rated it liked it 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 macphersoh conception of pollitical individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them.
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After earning macphersob M. Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century indigidualism. His attention to detail is impressive, and his readings of Locke and Hobbes are compelling, if more than a bit tendentious. Theoretical Implications Part Four: 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 Indivodualism introduction by Frank Cunningham of the University of Toronto puts the work in a twenty-first-century context.
The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism
The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy ; repr. That seems unlikely in the near term, but maybe international agreements through the UN, like the Paris Accord, are a step in that direction. Part of the disagreement can be found in the differing interpretations of ‘freedom.
Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic. Jun 10, Don rated it really liked it Shelves: The Seventeenth-Century Foundations Macpherson graduated theroy the University of Toronto in These papers were then published in edition as the book, Democracy in Alberta; the theory and practice of a quasi-party system. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.