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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

Hobbes to Locke

C. B. Macpherson
Introduction by Frank Cunningham

December 2010

ISBN: 9780195444018

328 pages
Paperback

Price: £29.99

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Description

  • 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

About the Author(s)

C. B. Macpherson, Late Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canadian

Introduction by Frank Cunningham, Professor, University of Toronto, Canadian

Table of Contents

    Introduction to the Wynford Edition, Frank Cunningham
    I. INTRODUCTION
    1:The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory
    2:Problems of Interpretation
    II. HOBBES: THE POLITICAL OBLIGATION OF THE MARKET
    1:Philosophy and Political Theory
    2:Human Nature and the State of Nature
    3:Models of Society
    4:Politcal Obligation
    5:Penetration and Limits of Hobbes's Political Theory
    III. THE LEVELLERS: FRANCHISE AND FREEDOM
    1:The Problem of the Franchise
    2:Types of Franchise
    3:The Record
    4:Theoretical Implications
    IV. HARRINGTON: THE OPPORTUNITY STATE
    1:Unexamined Ambiguities
    2:The Balance and the Gentry
    3:The Bourgeois Society
    4:The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian
    5:The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle
    6:Harrington's Stature
    V. LOCKE: THE POLITICAL THEORY OF APPROPRIATION
    1:Interpretations
    2:The Theory of Property Right
    3:Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality
    4:The Ambiguous State of Nature
    5:The Ambiguous Civil Society
    6:Unsettled Problems Reconsidered
    VI. POSSESSIVE INDIVIDUALISM AND LIBERAL DEMOCRACY
    1:The Seventeenth-Century Foundations
    2:The Twentieth-Century Dilemma
    Appendix
    Social Classes and Franchise Classes in England, circa 1648
    Notes
    Works and Editions Cited
    Index

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