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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Oxford, Clarendon Press InMacpherson was criticized from some on both the left and the right.

Ernest Leonard – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 7 2: With these postulates including institutions and ocwe individuzlism a certain kind of social functioning. 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 work in a twenty-first-century context.

Macpherson contends that the coercion in capitalism is that one cannot choose not to be subjected to capitalist economic relations in a capitalist society.

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. Human Nature and the State of Nature 3.

Taxation is theft; the state has no legitimate role beyond protecting individual security and property; government regulation of private business activity is an immoral intrusion on liberty and property; individuals possess liberties and property that the state cannot limit; individuals deserve what they own and owe nothing to society or other citizens.


Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. History of Western Philosophy. Freedom from dependence on others means freedom from any relations with others except those relations which the individual enters voluntarily with a view to his own interest. It is the reality of market society:. Philosophy and Political Theory 2.

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pq. The Ambiguous Civil Society 6: Roberto Esposito’s Deontological Communal Contract. Request an Inspection Copy. As the New Statesman declared: Wednesday, August 17, Possessive individualism. Click to enlarge Price: History Law Linguistics Literature.

Kramer – – Cambridge University Press. Taxation is legitimate for at least three different reasons: Interpretations — The theory of property right — Class differentials in natural rights and rationality — The ambiguous state of nature — The ambiguous civil society — Unsettled problems reconsidered — Possessive individualism and liberal democracy.

Bertram Morris – – Ethics 75 3: Its possessive quality is found in its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them.

Request removal from index. Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in The individual is essentially the polifical of his own person and capacities, for which he owes nothing to society. Sign in to use this feature. Insecurity, Citizenship, and Globalization: Here is his formulation late in the book: Justice is served by simply protecting the possessions of individual citizens.


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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

As the New Statesman declared: Natural Rights in the Thirteenth Century: The philosophical theories that are built on that ideology give shape to that set of assumptions, but they are ill suited to recognizing or critiquing those assumptions.

Thelry thought is enough. The Bourgeois Society 4. Man’s Emerging Mind – The late N. The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle 6: Added to PP index Total downloads 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 38 10, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Macpherson was professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He refers to it as an “ideal type” in this passage.

A Note on Friedman’s Freedom.

Understanding Society: Possessive individualism

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