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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It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Don’t have an account? The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: He was made an Officer of the Order of CanadaCanada’s highest civilian honour, in The Ambiguous State of Nature 5.

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Please subscribe or login to access full text content. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Possessive individualism accurately describes an influential normative perspective increasingly pervading and facilitated by contemporary global capitalism, as exemplified in the global financial crisis of — The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Submitting a Proposal Your Contacts. These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed. lf

These chapters are careful, detailed, and closely textual and contextual. Macpherson accuses Friedman of supplanting a Communist society for a Socialist one; at the very least Friedman does not differentiate between the two. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

Here is the model of a customary or status society:. It follows then, that capitalism will only be maintained as long as those who have political freedom deem it worthwhile. Problems of Interpretation II. Macpherson gave the annual Massey Lectures in Kramer – – Cambridge University Press.


The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

History of Western Philosophy. The repair that was needed [to liberal theory] was one that would bring back a sense of the moral worth of the individual, and combine it again with a sense of the moral value of community, which had been present in some measure in the Puritan and Lockean theory.

Friedman shows great disdain for positive freedomassociating it with Marxism and Communism ; he uses the term ‘liberal’ with derision when referring to socialists, while contesting that he was a true liberal. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physical Sciences. Sign in Create an account. In other terms, it is a micro-to-macro argument up the struts of Coleman’s boat. Posted by Daniel Little at 6: MacPherson’s general approach to early modern political theorists is spot on: Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: 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.

Politics Urban Studies U. This may be true on a negative conception of freedom, but not on Macpherson’s positive conception.

But as always just what individuals get to make the rules of the state ignores politicl plurality of society. For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us.

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. It is clearly similar to the concepts of bourgeois or capitalist society used by Marx, Weber, Sombart, and others, who have made the existence of a market in labour a criterion of capitalism, and like their concepts it is intended to be a model or ideal type to which modern i.


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Macpherson highlights the interpretive challenge of discovering these underlying assumptions: Macpherson was first published by opssessive Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

Models of Society 4. 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 Ambiguous State of Nature 5: Edmundson – – Ratio Juris 26 2: 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. The relation of ownership, having become for more and more men the critically important relation determining their actual freedom and actual prospect of realizing their full potentialities, was read back into the nature of the individual.