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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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Locke as Possessive Individualist

Locke as Possessive Individualist

(p.62) Chapter 3 Locke as Possessive Individualist
C. B. Macpherson and the Problem of Liberal Democracy

Jules Townshen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyzes Macpherson's treatment of Locke. It discusses Macpherson's demonstration that Locke legitimated the unlimited accumulation of capital, and criticisms against Macpherson's version of Locke. It argues that critics misread into Macpherson a concern with Locke's purposes. He was not aiming to show that Locke had a capitalist Master Plan, rather he was responding to, and intervening in, a changing economic and social environment, which was becoming significantly capitalist.

Keywords:   C. B. Macpherson, Locke, capitalism, social environment

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