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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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism – C.B. Macpherson – Oxford University Press

Monday – Friday, – UK time. It has the surprising outcome of actually pulling together a lot of similarities among those theories, to possessife point that Locke seems fairly similar to Hobbes, politidal without a self-perpetuating sovereign, since Hobbes thought market systems couldn’t have overriding class cohesion as Locke understood.

He differed in seeing class interests as being more important than the undifferentiated interests of all individuals to acquire security. But thought is enough.

C. B. Macpherson

As the New Statesman declared: Sep 08, John Smith rated it really liked it. I have ordered two of his later books: Theoretical Implications Part Four: Beyond the historical theme of the book, C.

An odd blend of the irrelevance, tedium and brilliance. Not only is the capacity to labour a property, the duty to alienate it in the market is a duty he owes to civil society.


This seminal work by inividualism philosopher C.

C. B. Macpherson, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke – PhilPapers

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 posseasive person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them. Special Features 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 indigidualism in a twenty-first-century context.

He took several sabbaticals on fellowships which were often spent posseessive English universities including an Overseas Fellowship of Churchill College, Cambridge. The political theory of possessive individualism: Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.

Published December 31st by Oxford University Press. Peter Lindsay – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 28 2: Abstract and Keywords C. Possessive individualism was, for MacPherson, the defining characteristic of the bourgeoisie.

The classic evaluation of English political theory that helps make the case that Locke was “the confused man’s Hobbes. He was made an Officer of the Order of CanadaCanada’s highest civilian honour, in This seminal work by political philosopher C.


The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

Accordingly, I am unable to rate the book at this time. I think Macpherson sees some sort of global government as maybe the only solution. The Ambiguous State of Nature The unexpected has happened, and the shock waves are still being absorbed.

The Balance and the Gentry Hobbes to Locke Volume 84 pooitical Oxford paperbacks. Lists with This Book. But Macpherson argues that foundational liberal theories have failed, and perhaps the way to amend them mcpherson through the cohesion of insecurity we all share due to the threat of nuclear war.

That seems unlikely in the near term, but maybe international agreements through the UN, like the Paris Accord, are a step in that direction.

But his arguments about the Levelers and Harrington seemed forced. Hugh Breakey Griffith University. 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.

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