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Retrieving Democracy (1): Liberal, Postmodern, ‘Deliberative Democratic’ and Ecological Critics

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter deals with the wide variety of responses to Macpherson's attempt to recover, with the help of Marx, an earlier type of liberal democratic theory that had been forgotten. It focuses on ... More


Retrieving Democracy (2): Communitarian, Marxist and Feminist Critics

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter shows how Macpherson's communitarian, Marxist and feminist critics saw his project as mired by the other central strand of his thought: liberalism. Perhaps they unwittingly picked upon a ... More


Hobbes as Possessive Individualist

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter analyzes Macpherson's treatment of Hobbes. It discusses Macpherson's initial attempt to correlate Hobbes' thought with the rise of capitalism in 1945; Macpherson's interpretation of ... More


Life and Project

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter details the life and career of C. B. Macpherson. Macpherson was born in Toronto in November 1911, and died there in July 1987 of emphysema. He was born into a comfortable middle-class ... More


Retrieving Macpherson

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter shows the continuing relevance of Macpherson's project. Figuratively, this involves doing a ‘Macpherson’ on Macpherson. That is to say, his thought is to be ‘retrieved’ in order to focus ... More


C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Jules Townshend

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This sympathetic restatement of C. B. Macpherson's ideas provides an overview of Macpherson's theory of possessive individualism and critique of liberal democracy. The book suggests that criticism of ... More


Locke as Possessive Individualist

Jules Townshen

in C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781853312137
eISBN:
9780748671953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter analyzes Macpherson's treatment of Locke. It discusses Macpherson's demonstration that Locke legitimated the unlimited accumulation of capital, and criticisms against Macpherson's ... More


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