Scottish philosopher John Macmurray's intriguing career makes the job of classifying his work difficult by contemporary academic modes of categorization. Despite his extensive writings on political principles and politics and significant influence on numerous British politicians, he never regarded the political sphere as an end in itself. Above all, he was a political philosopher determined to place politics into a wider, more comprehensive, metaphysical and religious framework. In this long-overdue analysis of Macmurray, Frank Kirkpatrick traces the development of Macmurray's thought with its roots in the Bible, Hegel and the democratic liberal tradition of the west. Kirkpatrick contends that Macmurray's most important contribution to the field is his development of a philosophical understanding of what constitutes an authentic community. Through this analysis, Kirkpatrick explores the extraordinary resonances of Macmurray's political thought in other modern philosophers and reveals his enduring significance.
Frank G. Kirkpatrick is Ellsworth Morton Tracy Lecturer and Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Trinity College. He is the author of The Ethics of Community, Together Bound: God, History, and the Religious Community, and numerous articles.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 An Intellectual Biography of John Macmurray: From Evangelicalism to Marxism Chapter 3 Macmurray's Engagement with Marxian Thought in the 1930s Chapter 4 Community in Marx and Macmurray: A Reappraisal Chapter 5 Christianity, Fascism, and the Clue to History Chapter 6 The Gifford Lectures: The Self as Agent Chapter 7 The Gifford Lectures: Persons in Relation Chapter 8 Macmurray and Contemporary Political Philosophy Chapter 9 The Family and Small Communities in Political Thought Chapter 10 Democracy, Human Nature, and the Nation-State Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author