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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What is the social context of this ideology? Edmundson – – Ratio Juris 26 2: It is worthwhile drawing out the connections between possessive individualism and conservative libertarian pooitical groups in the present. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.

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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

In it, Macpherson argues that the chief podsessive 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.

These assumptions do correspond substantially to the actual relations of a market society.

fheory 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. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Science Logic and Mathematics.

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

Sign in with your library card. From inside the book. He was made an Officer of the Order of CanadaCanada’s highest civilian honour, in Wednesday, August 17, Possessive individualism. For Friedman, economic freedom needed to be protected because it ensured political freedom.


Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality 4: Political Theory in Social and Political Philosophy. The whole labour force is tied to the land, or to the performance of allotted functions, or in the case of slaves to masters. In response, he claimed that what he had always been trying to do was to “work out a revision of liberal-democratic theory, a revision that clearly owed a great deal to Marx, in the hope of making that theory more democratic while rescuing that valuable part of the liberal tradition which is submerged when liberalism is identified as synonymous with capitalist market relations.

The Multiple Faces of State Protection. The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Political Theory: Leemans – – Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie The Balance and the Gentry 3: Philosophy and Political Theory 2. Click to enlarge Price: Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality 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. Macphereson is a strong contributor to the liberal lexicon of individualism. Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physical Sciences. History of Western Philosophy.

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These chapters are careful, detailed, and closely textual and contextual. Macpherson highlights the interpretive challenge of discovering these underlying assumptions: The present study … suggests that the difficulties of modern liberal-democratic theory lie deeper than had been thought, that the original seventeenth-century individualism contained the central difficulty, which lay in its possessive quality.

Mariusz Turowski – – Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 8 2: For Macpherson, capitalism was discordant with freedom. HegelMacpherson viewed freedom as positive and defined it as the freedom to develop one’s fullest human potential. Account Options Sign in. Although the individual cannot alienate the whole o fhis property in his own person, he may alienate his capacity to labour.


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Enrique Morata – – Internet Archive. Problems of Interpretation II. It is a rather big difference in being allowed to prevent someone poliitical walk across your field full of crops far out in the countryside with plenty of possibilities to go around – and to be e.

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For the exchange to be truly voluntary “the proviso that is needed is whether to enter into any exchange at all. Kramer – – Cambridge University Press.

Philosophy and political theory — Human nature and the state of nature pkssessive Models of society — Political obligation — Penetration and limits of Hobbe’s political theory — The Levellers: Fundamentally, Macpherson is interested in helping formulate a political theory that lays a powerful normative base for social democracy.

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