The Political Thought of C.B. Macpherson

Contemporary Applications

  • Frank Cunningham

Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Macpherson’s Project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 3-22
    3. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 23-38
    4. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 39-56
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-58
    2. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 59-72
    3. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 73-90
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-93
    2. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 95-115
    3. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 117-137
    4. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 139-152
    5. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 153-170
    6. Frank Cunningham
      Pages 171-194
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-200

About this book


Central to the thought of C.B. Macpherson (1911-1987) are his critique of the culture of ‘possessive individualism’ and his defence of liberal-democratic socialism. Resurgence of interest in his works is in reaction to the rise of neoliberalism and efforts to find an alternative to societies dominated by capitalist markets. Macpherson’s theories are explained and applied to 21st century challenges.


Macpherson Possessive Individualism Developmental Democracy Market Societies Property Neoliberalism socialism democratic socialism radical politics intellectual history democratic theory liberal democracy globalization history of ideas race theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Cunningham
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy & Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoToronto, ONCanada

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