C. B. Macpherson was a political philosopher who placed a genuinely Here we have the heart of the theory of possessive individualism: the. C. B. Macpherson’s The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke challenged the canonical interpretation of seventeenth-century . The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism (Hobbes to Locke). By C. B. Macpherson. Oxford University Press, Those of us who have had the good .

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Widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent political theorist of the mxcpherson century, he was the author of numerous books, including The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy and The Real World of Democracyand was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

C. B. Macpherson – Wikipedia

Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Series: The Balance and the Gentry 3. 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. posseszive

After earning an M. University of Chicago Press, The whole labour indivjdualism is tied to the land, or to the performance of allotted functions, or in the case of slaves to masters. History of Political Theory: Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press inand remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later.


C. B. Macpherson

The concept of possessive market society is neither a novel nor an arbitrary construction. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle 6: Macpherson gave the annual Massey Lectures in Search within my subject: The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory 2: Problems of Interpretation II.

Macpherson’s best-known contribution to political philosophy is the theory of “possessive ibdividualism, in which an individual is conceived as the sole proprietor of his or her skills and owes nothing to society for them.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Human Nature and the State of Nature 3: These were the “truly human powers,” Macpherson claimed. The Tea Party seems to be a contemporary descendant of this ideology.

This seminal work by political philosopher C. Philosophy and Political Theory 2: Here is his formulation late in the book: The Ambiguous Civil Society 6: It follows then, that capitalism will only imdividualism maintained as long as those who have political freedom deem it worthwhile. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.


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

The Ambiguous Civil Society Democracy and Public Space John R. The philosophical theories that are macphersonn on that ideology give shape to that set of assumptions, but they are ill suited to recognizing or critiquing those assumptions. Choose your country indiidualism region Close. A Conceptual Analysis Possessive Individualism: Politics Urban Studies U.

He suggests that Possdssive formulates three models of society: The Balance and the Gentry Furthermore, the voluntary nature of the exchange is only evident in cases of perfect competition where each product is the same and there are an infinite number of suppliers.

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.