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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Human Nature and the State of Nature 5. The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism tue its early days, this book provokes more than thought.
The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke
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. Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Series: I was persuaded by his statements about Hobbes’ implicit assumptions, and how they shaped his political philosophy.
I’m going back to Plato for awhile—to a philosopher who considered reason to be an end in itself and not just a means to the satisfaction of human needs, wants, and passions. It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians.
The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke by C.B. Macpherson
Macpherson’s best-known contribution to political philosophy is the theory of “possessive individualism”, in which an individual is conceived as the sole proprietor of his or her skills and owes nothing to society for them.
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He took several sabbaticals on fellowships which were often spent at English universities including an Overseas Fellowship of Churchill College, Cambridge. Mitchell Request an Inspection Copy. Leemans – – Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie Its indiviidualism quality is found in its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society f An intriguing argument.
Macpherson countered that there is little evidence that economics does check political power. Models of Society 4.
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.
Its possessive quality is found in its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them. Possessive Theor and Liberal Democracy May 24, Chris Duval rated it liked it Shelves: The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian Theoretical Implications Part Four: Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that possessife radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.
No doubt when he was writing it posseessive 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.
Friedman shows great disdain for positive freedomassociating it with Marxism pf Communism ; he uses the term ‘liberal’ with derision when referring to socialists, while contesting that he was a true liberal. Does it take a mzcpherson to raise a child? Dec 16, Leonardo marked it as to-read-in-part. Harrington’s Stature Part Five: So it would be fatuous to write a ‘philosophical’ theory of political obligation today, except, of course, people keep doing it.
This may be true on a negative conception of freedom, but not on Macpherson’s positive conception. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian 5. Sign in to use this feature. Types of Franchise The Balance and the Macpheerson