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 Seventeenth-Century Foundations But thought is enough. Dec 08, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: Politcial and Political Theory 2: Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson’s book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.
The Bourgeois Society Lossessive some people the drive for power is innate, and in others merely a defensive reaction triggered by the need for protection against those with power-driven natures. As MacPherson puts posessive, Locke reads back into nature a natural propensity on the part of man to accumulate, and the only check that there had been ibdividualism it had been the absence of money and commerce.
It was a concept of the relationship between human beings and the natural world that united all of its ideologues during the period when the class detached itself from preceding social relationships rooted in custom and hierarchical obligation, with the trajectory between the brutal and coarse views of Thomas Hobbes and the classical liberal viewpoint of John Locke illustrating this point. To view it, click here.
It will be interesting to see whether he sets forth more realistic proposals in these subsequently published books.
The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke by C.B. Macpherson
Theoretical Implications Part Four: 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.
Published December 31st by Oxford University Press.
Basically, this does a lot to help get away from overly simplified depictions of those 17th century thinkers. Power itself was the greater ability of some individuals to influence society over and above others.
The Political Theory Of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes To Locke
He achieves this by a line of reasoning which shows that, in the early ages human beings replaced the drive towards endless expansion into wilderness as a means to secure subsistence by a system which sought to increase the amount of trade that went on between communities. I have many times wishes to write a similar survey of “possessive collectivism.
Jun 10, Don rated it really liked it Politicaal Elia Pavanello rated it it was ok Mar 23, This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent political theorist of the twentieth 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 honor.
Retrieved from ” https: So poitical would be fatuous to write a ‘philosophical’ theory of political obligation today, except, of course, people keep doing it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The new proletariat which journalists now call ‘developing markets,’ just to make it absolutely clear that those people have nothing going for them except their slowly thickening wallets seems pretty keen to join in. His attention to detail is impressive, and his readings of Locke and Hobbes are compelling, if more than a bit tendentious. No doubt when he was writing it looked likely that the proletariat was forming itself into a cohesive political body that would be able to undermine the ‘possessive individualism’ that he accurately and brilliantly describes.
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Macpherson, George Grant and Charles Taylor. But his arguments about the Levelers and Harrington seemed forced. Common terms and indivixualism accumulation agrarian alienate analysis appropriation argued argument army assertion assumed assumptions balance behaviour bourgeois capacities capital civil society cohesion common commonwealth competitive concept consent consistent copyholders deduced doctrine economic England English essential established estimates excluded franchise classes freedom freeholder franchise gentry Harrington Hobbes Hobbes’s honour Ibid in-servants individual inference introduction of money Ireton John Lilburne justice King’s labour labouring class land law of nature Levellers Leviathan liberty living Locke Locke’s logical man’s manhood franchise manhood suffrage market relations men’s model of society moral natural law necessary nobility non-servant franchise obligation from fact Oceana overbalance person physiological postulates political obligation political theory position possessive market society principle macphrson property in one’s Putney debate R.
Justin rated it did not like it Dec 30, He suggested that the people of the world could somehow unite into a world state p.