Retrieving Macpherson

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:
Retrieving Macpherson

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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 a critical spotlight on the various current schools of thought which criticized him. The chapter aims to make good the claim that his thought still has resonance by pointing to some inadequacies of modern approaches to political thought from a Macpherson standpoint. His relevance for Marxism, feminism and for the study of politics is briefly explored. His significance for contemporary political philosophy is then highlighted.

Keywords: C. B. Macpherson; political thought; political philosophy; Marxism; feminism

Chapter.  12646 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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