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C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy$
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Jules Townshend

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781853312137

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781853312137.001.0001

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Life and Project

Life and Project

(p.1) Chapter 1 Life and Project
C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Jules Townshen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details the life and career of C. B. Macpherson. Macpherson was born in Toronto in November 1911, and died there in July 1987 of emphysema. He was born into a comfortable middle-class family. Both parents were teachers. His book The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism was the making of his international reputation. In received enormous critical acclaim in the Anglophone world and was soon translated into many languages. The discussion also covers his early influences and his concerns before and after possessive individualism.

Keywords:   C. B. Macpherson, life, career, possessive individualism

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