Democratic Theory: Essays in Retrieval

Paperback | January 25, 2012

byC.B. MacPhersonIntroduction byFrank Cunningham

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This important work by political philosopher C.B. Macpherson explores the implications of the ideas about democracy that he offered in such previous books as The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism. Macpherson modifies, extends, and clarifies the concept of a man's power and that ofthe "transfer of powers," and argues that a liberal-democratic theory can be based on an adequate concept of human powers and capacities without insuperable difficulties. Arguing that the neo-classical liberalisms of Chapman, Rawls, and Berlin fall short of providing an adequate basis for atwentieth-century liberal-democratic theory largely because, in different ways, they fail to see or understate the transfer of powers, Macpherson suggests that the liberal theory of property should be, and can be, revised fundamentally to accommodate new democratic demands. In this manner Macphersonestablishes the need for a theory of democracy that gets clear of the disabling central defect of current liberal-democratic theory, while recovering the humanistic values that liberal democracy has always claimed. The result is one of the seminal works of twentieth-century political philosophy. Anew Introduction by Frank Cunningham puts the work in a twenty-first-century context.

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This important work by political philosopher C.B. Macpherson explores the implications of the ideas about democracy that he offered in such previous books as The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism. Macpherson modifies, extends, and clarifies the concept of a man's power and that ofthe "transfer of powers," and argues that a l...

C.B. Macpherson (1911-1987) was professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Widely regarded as Canada's pre-eminent political theorist of the twentieth century, he was the author of numerous books, including The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy and The Real World of Democracy, and was named to the Order of Canada, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction to the Wynford EditionPART ONE: DEMOCRACY AND PROPERTY: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND AFTERI. The Maximization of DemocracyII. Democratic Theory: Ontology and Technology1. THE RACE BETWEEN ONTOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY2. WESTERN DEMOCRATIC ONTOLOGY: (1) THE INDIVIDUALIST BASE3. WESTERN DEMOCRATIC ONTOLOGY: (2) THE EGALITARIAN COMPLEMENT4. TECHNOLOGY, SCARCITY, AND DEMOCRACYIII. Problems of a Non-Market Theory Of Democracy1. TWO CONCEPTS OF POWER: EXTRACTIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL2. POWER AND CAPACITIES3. THE MEASUREMENT OF POWERS4. IMPEDIMENTS AND THEIR MEASUREMENT5. THE MAXIMIZATION OF AGGREGATE POWERSIV. Revisionist Liberalism1. THE LESSON OF EMPIRICISM2. CHAPMAN'S REVISIONIST LIBERALISM3. RAWLS'S DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICEV. Berlin's Division of Liberty1. NEGATIVE LIBERTY2. POSITIVE LIBERTY3. AN ALTERNATIVE DIVISION OF LIBERTYVI. A Political Theory of Property1. MODERN PROPERTY A PRODUCT OF CAPITALIST SOCIETY2. MID-TWENTIETH-CENTURY CHANGES IN THE CONCEPT OF PROPERTY3. AN IMPENDING CHANGE IN THE CONCEPT OF PROPERTY4. BEYOND PROPERTY AS ACCESS TO THE MEANS OF LABOURPART TWO: RELATED PAPERS ON THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY PREDICAMENTVII. Elegant Tombstones: A Note on Friedman's FreedomVIII. Revolution and Ideology in the Late Twentieth CenturyIX. Post-Liberal-Democracy?X. Market Concepts in Political TheoryXI. The Deceptive Task of Political TheoryPART THREE: SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ROOTS OF THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY PREDICAMENTXII. Servants and Labourers in Seventeenth-Century England1. SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY USAGE RE-EXAMINED2. THE GENERAL RULE AND SPECIAL CASESXIII. Natural Rights In Hobbes And Locke1. INTRODUCTION2. NATURAL RIGHTS IN HOBBES3. NATURAL RIGHTS IN LOCKE4. HOBBES, LOCKE, AND HUMAN RIGHTS5. THE NEAR FUTURE OF NATURAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTSXIV. Hobbes's Bourgeois ManIndex