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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Hobbesian Philosophy Still Sways Scholars. 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 Ambiguous Civil Society 6. It’s short, and there’s a lot packed in there, so it’s hard for me to completely buy it.

In Friedman’s words, “history suggests The Ambiguous State of Nature Friedman shows great disdain for positive freedomassociating it with Marxism and Communism ; he uses the term ‘liberal’ with derision when referring to thory, while contesting that he was a true liberal. We might re-elect them if they fill our fat mouths with ever-blander produce, but we’re not obliged to obey them in any way. Following his death, a two-part documentary on his life and work aired on CBC Radio ‘s Ideas program.

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The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke

The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory 2: The Ambiguous State of Nature 5. The Political Oblication of the Market 3. Natural Rights in the Thirteenth Century: But it nevertheless presumed that the social condition that that was to be brought about was one in which one part of society placed its productive power at the disposal of the other.


As the New Statesman declared: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Hughes – – Philosophical Books 4 2: Request an Inspection Copy. Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor. Brosephicles rated it liked it Jul 09, Hope that works out for you! Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

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This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Kc Chu rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Of course his point makes even more sense now in light of another species threat, climate change, being added to that earlier one. Macpherson goes to the root of the underlying assumptions behind the seeming inconsistencies in Hobbes, Harrington and Locke, and shows very convincingly how their theories nevertheless for the most part hold together in view of the emerging market society – and market morality – of the 17th century.

About the Author s C. Macpherson’s argument is cogent, whether or not one agree with it, and calls for a dialogue bwteen advocateas and opponents. Maja Solar rated it really liked it Aug 26, The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism in its early days, this book provokes more than thought.

The Seventeenth-Century Foundations Sylvain rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Trivia About The Political The The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory 2. The Theory of Property Right 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 A great reading to flesh out 17th century political theory.


Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic. They took on a quality found in apologies in that the author tried to mend the inconsistency and ambiguity of the original texts by bringing in social context—the unstated prejudices and presumptions of the times.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism – C.B. Macpherson – Oxford University Press

Power itself was the greater ability of some individuals to influence society over and above others. The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed. The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5: 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 posssessive.

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The result of that dialogue should advance discourse. Regardless, his final conclusion is worth thinking about today, as it’s only gained relevance.

The first of these is the Leveller current which represented itself during the course of the English Civil War.