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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About the Author s C. An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance.

Torben rated it really liked it May 23, Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, tyeory contact us. Allison Rj rated possexsive liked it Oct 07, In this regard, socialism allows a better check on economic power toward political power than the converse under capitalism.

Search within my subject: 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.


Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts. Mariusz Turowski – – In A. In Friedman’s words, “history suggests Models of Society 4: Clarendon Press- Levellers – pages. Milton Friedman believed that if most of the regulatory and welfare activities of Western states were discontinued, freedom would be advanced.

This is done with what appear to be reasonable inferences from their writings and the ideas of the time. The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed.

His approach, albeit somewhat reductive, is quite thought-provoking and bears further study and reflection.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

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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 power to influence society was regarded as a commodity – something offered for exchange within the context of a market. The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle His approach, albeit somewhat reductive, is quite thought-provoking and bears furt I finished reading The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism this evening.

The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke by C.B. Macpherson

The Wynford Project This seminal work by political philosopher C. These skills and those of others are a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market, and in such a society is demonstrated a selfish and unending thirst for consumption which is considered the crucial core of human nature.


The arena for this trade was the market and the outcome being pursued was greater security. Mitchell Request an Inspection Copy.

The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke

Harrington’s Stature Part Five: Following his death, a two-part documentary on his life and work aired on CBC Radio ‘s Ideas program. Seems to reveal a lot in the theories of Hobbes, the Levellers and Locke which were confusing or appeared contradictory.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So it would be fatuous to write a ‘philosophical’ theory of political obligation today, except, of course, people keep doing it.