In his final book, one of the giants of twentieth-century political philosophy returns to his key themes of state, class, and property as well as such contemporary questions as economic justice, human rights, and the nature of industrial democracy. Macpherson not only re-examines historical issues dealt with in his earlier works, such as the impact of Hobbes's economic assumptions on his political theories, but assesses the problematic future of democracy in a market society. This new edition includes an introduction by Frank Cunningham that places the book in the broader context of Macpherson's work.
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, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke, and The Real World of Democracy, and was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.
INTRODUCTION TO THE WYNFORD EDITION BY FRANK CUNNINGHAM; BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; 1. THE RISE AND FALL OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE; 2. PROBLEMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY; 3. THE PROSPECTS OF ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY; 4. LIBERALISM AS TRADE-OFFS; 5. DO WE NEED A THEORY OF THE STATE?; 6. HUMAN RIGHTS AS PROPERTY RIGHTS; 7. PROPERTY AS MEANS OR END; 8. PLURALISM, INDIVIDUALISM, AND PARTICIPATION; 9. THE ECONOMIC PENETRATION OF POLITICAL THEORY; 10. DEMOCRACY, UTOPIAN AND SCIENTIFIC; 11. HOBBES'S POLITICAL ECONOMY; 12. HAMPSHER-MONK'S LEVELLERS; INDEX