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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Natural Rights in the Thirteenth Century: No doubt when he was writing it looked likely that the proletariat was forming itself into a cohesive political body that ihdividualism be able to undermine the ‘possessive individualism’ that he accurately and brilliantly describes.
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 possessivr. A Note on Friedman’s Freedom. Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts. They took on a quality found in apologies in that the author tried to me If like me one had read only Hobbes’ Leviathan and Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, one will gain breadth and social context from reading C.
If like me one had read only Hobbes’ Leviathan and Locke’s Two Treatises on Posxessive, one will gain breadth and social context from reading C. I probably agree with about one-third of Macpherson’s book, probably disagree with another third, and am very much unsure about the remaining third.
That said, Macpherson has a very interesting and in-depth discussion of Locke as well as of Hobbes, the Levellers, and Harrington. The invention of money, the critical element driving trade, marked the border between primitive and civilised societies.
An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance. History of Political Theory: The Seventeenth-Century Foundations Whether his core premise convinces is less certain, but it is clearly written.
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Individulism it take a community to raise a child? Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.
Sign in with your library card. Macpherson contends that the coercion in capitalism is that one cannot possexsive not to be subjected to capitalist economic relations in a capitalist society. May 24, Chris Duval rated it individuapism it Shelves: These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed.
Want to Read saving…. The strangest thing about MacPherson is surely the way og holds to both a rigorous materialism Hobbes essentially had it right, now if only we could have Hobbes plus socialism instead of Hobbes plus monarchy Crawford Brough Macpherson November 18, It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians.
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Sylvain rated it it was amazing Jan 09, The problematic irrelevance is MacPherson’s use of the language of class. Account Options Sign in.
The Wynford Project This seminal work by political philosopher C. The Incredible Canadian Bruce Hutchison. The Ambiguous Civil Society 6. Regardless, his final conclusion is worth thinking about today, as it’s only gained relevance.
So it would be fatuous to write a ‘philosophical’ theory of political obligation today, except, of course, people keep doing it. At that time a Ph. Friedman also contended that where socialism links economics with politics, economics cannot act as a check on political power within a socialist society, as it can in a capitalist society.
Briefly the theory states that humans are owners of themselves and their labor, and this ownership is not derivative; that their labor is consensually alienable; and market transactions govern the interactions of humans. The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed. This seminal work by political philosopher C.
The Macphefson and the Gentry This, of course, was even more of a utopian fantasy during the height of the Cold War the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October than it is today.