The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism (Hobbes to Locke). By C. B. Macpherson. Oxford University Press, Those of us who have had the good . C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke challenged the canonical interpretation of seventeenth-century . Introduction. The roots of liberal-democratic theory — Problems of interpretation — Hobbe: the political obligation of the market. Philosophy and political theory.

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These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed.

Napier – – Social Philosophy Today 7: Friedman shows great disdain for positive freedomassociating it with Marxism and Communism ; he uses the term ‘liberal’ with derision when macherson to socialists, while contesting that he was a true liberal. Search within my subject: Philosophical Explorations of Individualism, Community, and Equality.

HegelMacpherson viewed freedom as positive and defined it as the freedom to develop one’s fullest human potential.

The classic and controversial survey of individualist liberalism in its early days, this book provokes more than thought.

Retrieved from ” https: The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: The seventeenth-century foundations — The twentieth-century dilemma — Appendix: A History of Modern Political Thought: As the New Statesman declared: Abstract and Keywords C. Request removal from index.

Problems of Interpretation II. The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: This may be true on a negative conception of freedom, but not on Macpherson’s positive conception. The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory 2.


The concept of possessive market society is neither a novel nor an arbitrary construction. Mariusz Turowski – – Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 8 2: Robert Nozick seems individuaalism have represented many of these values in Anarchy, State, and Utopia. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat In it, Macpherson argues that the chief difficulty of the notion of individualism that underpins classical liberalism lies in what he calls its “possessive quality” – “its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them.

Understanding Society: Possessive individualism

A Conceptual Analysis Possessive Individualism: Specters and Possession of Neoliberal Democracy: Our political sphere indiviualism still use a powerful and unifying theory providing a justification for these social democratic ideas. The roots of liberal-democratic theory — Problems of interpretation — Hobbe: Unsettled Problems Reconsidered VI.

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Brian Tierney – – Speculum 67 1: Kramer – – Cambridge University Press. Until the appearance of Indlvidualism Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

This book is one fine piece of political thought, and a useful addition is his “Origins of English Individualism” which argues more or less successfully, I believe that English culture was remarkably individualist as early as visitors from the continent began remarking on it in the late Middle Ages.

The Ambiguous State of Nature 5: Following a tradition that began with G. Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor.

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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

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