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Overview of Macpherson’s Works

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

Abstract

This chapter summarizes Macpherson’s major writings, paying special attention to his exposition of a political culture of ‘possessive individualism’ and his endorsement of an alternative culture of ‘developmental democracy.’ The treatment of Macpherson’s developmental-democratic theory focuses on his claim that its values have historical antecedents to be ‘retrieved.’ Macpherson’s interpretation of Hobbes, Locke, and others as seminal possessive-individualist thinkers is addressed, as are criticisms of this interpretation.

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  • Frank Cunningham
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  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy & Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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