Macpherson was born on 18 November in Toronto , Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto in After earning a Master of Science degree in economics at the London School of Economics where he studied under the supervision of Harold Laski , he joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in At that time a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the social sciences was uncommon, but some twenty years later he submitted a collection of sixteen published papers to the London School of Economics and was awarded the Doctor of Science degree in economics.
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Request Inspection Copy. This seminal work by political philosopher C. Macpherson was first published by the Clarendon Press in , and remains of key importance to the study of liberal-democratic theory half-a-century later. In it, Macpherson argues that the chief difficulty of the notion of individualism that underpins classical liberalism lies in what he calls its "possessive quality" - "its conception of the individual as essentially the proprietor of his own person or capacities, owing nothing to society for them.
As the New Statesman declared: "It is rare for a book to change the intellectual landscape. It is even more unusual for this to happen when the subject is one that has been thoroughly investigated by generations of historians. Until the appearance of Professor Macpherson's book, it seemed unlikely that anything radically new could be said about so well-worn a topic.
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Please contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions. Macpherson Introduction by Frank Cunningham Wynford Books 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.
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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke
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The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism
Possessive individualism accurately describes an influential normative perspective increasingly pervading and facilitated by contemporary global capitalism, as exemplified in the global financial crisis of — Keywords: C. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
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