Life and Project

Jules Townshen

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

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9781853312137
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671953 | DOI:
Life and Project

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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 family. Both parents were teachers. His book The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism was the making of his international reputation. In received enormous critical acclaim in the Anglophone world and was soon translated into many languages. The discussion also covers his early influences and his concerns before and after possessive individualism.

Keywords: C. B. Macpherson; life; career; possessive individualism

Chapter.  13118 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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