Locke as Possessive Individualist

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:
Locke as Possessive Individualist

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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 version of Locke. It argues that critics misread into Macpherson a concern with Locke's purposes. He was not aiming to show that Locke had a capitalist Master Plan, rather he was responding to, and intervening in, a changing economic and social environment, which was becoming significantly capitalist.

Keywords: C. B. Macpherson; Locke; capitalism; social environment

Chapter.  16520 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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