Political Theory of Possessive Individualism Hobbes to Locke

ISBN-10: 0195444019
ISBN-13: 9780195444018
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

C.B. Macpherson (1911-1987), FRSC, was an emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and the author of many influential books on Canadian politics and culture.

Introduction
The Roots of Liberal-Democratic Theory
Problems of Interpretation
Hobbes: The Political Obligation of the Market
Philosophy and Political Theory
Human Nature and the State of Nature
Abstraction from Society
The State of Nature
From Physiological to Social Motion
Models of Society:
The Use of Models
Customary or Status Society
Simple Market Society
Possessive Market Society
Hobbes and the Possessive Model
The Inadequacy of the State of Nature
Political Obligation
From Motivation to Obligation
Moral or Prudential Obligation?
The Postulate of Equality
Morality, Science, and the Market
The Presumption of Obligation from Fact
Penetration and Limits of Hobbes's Political Theory
Historical Prerequisites of the Deduction
The Self-perpetuating Sovereign
Congruence of Sovereignty and Market Society
Some Objections Reconsidered
The Levellers: Franchise and Freedom
The Problem of the Franchise
Types of Franchise
The Record
The Chronology
Putney and After
Before Putney
Summing-up
Theoretical Implications
The Property in One's Person
The Deduction of Rights and the Grounds for Exclusion
Levellers' and Independents' Individualism
Limits and Direction of the Levellers' Individualism
Harrington: The Opportunity State
Unexamined Ambiguities
The Balance and the Gentry
The Bourgeois Society
The Equal Commonwealth and the Equal Agrarian
The Self-Cancelling Balance Principle
Harrington's Stature
Locke: The Political Theory of Appropriation
Interpretations
The Theory of Property Right
Locke's Purpose
The Initial Limited Right
The Limitations Transcended
The spoilage limitation
The sufficiency limitation
The supposed labour limitation
Locke's Achievement
Class Differentials in Natural Rights and Rationality
Locke's Assumption of the Differentials in Seventeenth-Century England
Differential Rights and Rationality Generalized
Differential rights
Differential rationality
The Ambiguous State of Nature
The Ambiguous Civil Society
Unsettled Problems Reconsidered
The Joint-stock Theory
Majority Rule v. Property Right
The Equation of Individual and Majority Consent
Individualism v. Collectivism
Locke's Constitutionalism
Possessive Individualism and Liberal Democracy
The Seventeenth-Century Foundations
The Twentieth-Century Dilemma
Appendix: Social Classes and Franchise Classes in England, circa 1648
Notes
Works and Editions Cited
Index

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