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Democracy and possesive individualism : the intellectual legacy of C.B. Macpherson
Carens, Joseph H.

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Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c1993.
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xi, 298 p. ; 24 cm.
SUNY series in political theory. Contemporary issues
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SUNY series in political theory. Contemporary issues
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-283) and index.
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Book BILKUTUP0149337 JC423 .D4398 1993 Central Campus Library

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C. B. Macpherson was one of the leading political theorists in North America and perhaps the most influential voice on the left for a view of liberal democracy that was simultaneously sympathetic to its aspirations and critical of its achievements. His work provides the contributors to this volume with a common starting point from which to reflect upon the possibilities for critical perspectives on liberal democracy in light of the demise of its Marxist rival. The volume as a whole addresses the following questions: What (if anything) remains valid in previous left critiques of liberal democracy (including Marxist critiques)? And what new critical and constructive alternatives can the left offer to challenge the status quo? The contributors to this volume, from both the Anglo-American and Continental traditions, include Joseph Carens, William Connolly, Virginia Held, John Keane, Ernesto Laclau, William Leiss, Jane Mansbridge, Louise Marcil-Lacoste, Mihailo Markovic, Chantal Mouffe, Nancy Rosenblum, and James Tully.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Possessive Individualism and Democratic Theory: Macpherson's LegacyJoseph H. Carens
Chapter 2 The Possessive Individualism Thesis: A Reconsideration in the Light of Recent ScholarshipJames Tully
Chapter 3 Equality as EgoismLouise Marcil-Lacoste
Chapter 4 The Individualist/Holist Debate and Bentham's Claim to Sociological and Psychological RealismNancy L. Rosenblum
Chapter 5 Stretching the Limits of the Democratic ImaginationJohn Keane
Chapter 6 Freedom and FeminismVirginia Held
Chapter 7 Macpherson's Neglect of the PoliticalJane Mansbridge
Chapter 8 Liberalism and Modern DemocracyChantal Mouffe
Chapter 9 Democracy and ContingencyWilliam E. Connolly
Chapter 10 The Signifiers of DemocracyErnesto Laclau
Chapter 11 Property and DemocracyMihailo Markovic
Editor's NoteJoseph H. Carens
A ReplyMihailo Markovic
Chapter 12 The End of History and Its Beginning Again; or, The Not-Quite-Yet Human Stage of Human HistoryWilliam Leiss
Selected Bibliography
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