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Macpherson and Liberal Democracy

  • Frank Cunningham
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Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Abstract

The chapter explains and defends Macpherson’s treatment of all his theories as being ‘in the best tradition of liberal democracy’ and his aim to ‘repair’ liberal democracy by bringing back ‘a sense of the moral worth of the individual, and combine it again with a sense of the moral value of community.’ Addressed in the chapter are Macpherson’s interpretation of liberal democracy, his version of a non-atomistic individualism, the relation of his approach to liberal-democratic theory to those of J.S. Mill, John Dewey, and other seminal liberal-democratic thinkers.

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  • Frank Cunningham
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  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy & Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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