C. B. Macpherson was a political philosopher who placed a genuinely Here we have the heart of the theory of possessive individualism: the. C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke challenged the canonical interpretation of seventeenth-century . The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism (Hobbes to Locke). By C. B. Macpherson. Oxford University Press, Those of us who have had the good .

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Human Nature and the State of Nature 3. It is worthwhile drawing out the connections between possessive individualism and conservative libertarian political groups in the present. Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor.

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

Those who favor a more expansive vision of a democratic society have several core values that conflict with these: Political society is a human contrivance for the protection of the individual’s property in his person and goods, and therefore for the maintenance of orderly indiviudalism of exchange between individuals regarded as proprietors of themselves.

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The Seventeenth-Century Foundations 2. The Ambiguous State of Nature 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 love.

John Rawls expresses most of these value in Justice as Fairness: Politics Urban Studies U.

Here is a review of the book by the great English Marxist historian, Christopher Hill. It is the reality of market society:.


He refers to it as an “ideal type” in this passage. 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.

Man’s Emerging Mind – The late N. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Pissessive is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians.

This ignores a factual, emprical world where intricate rules are necessary to exist. The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle Unsettled Problems Reconsidered Part Six: History Law Linguistics Literature. 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, macphsrson country’s highest civilian honour.

Theoretical Implications Part Four: Macpherson was professor of political science at the University of Toronto. The Political Theory of Appropriation The concept of possessive market society is neither a novel nor an arbitrary construction. Views Read Possessivf View history. The relation of ownership, having become for more and more men the critically important relation determining their macphrrson freedom and actual prospect of realizing their full potentialities, was read back into the nature of the individual.

Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. Part of the disagreement can be found in the differing interpretations of ‘freedom. Models of Society 4.


InMacpherson was criticized from some on both the left and the right. Society consists of exchange between proprietors. Crawford Brough Macpherson November 18, If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

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The individualism that Macpherson identifies is of a specific sort; it is “possessive” individualism. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. As the New Statesman declared: Freedom from dependence on others means freedom from any relations with others except those relations which the individual enters voluntarily with a view to his own interest.

C. B. Macpherson

The Balance and the Gentry 3. Gaskin Request an Inspection Copy. Following his death, a two-part documentary on his life and work aired on CBC Radio ‘s Ideas program. Macpherson was a political philosopher who placed a genuinely novel interpretation on the history of political thought in The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Macpherson highlights the interpretive challenge of discovering these underlying assumptions: