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Rights, Representation, and Reform: Nonsense upon Stilts and Other Writings on the French Revolution
     

Rights, Representation, and Reform: Nonsense upon Stilts and Other Writings on the French Revolution

by Jeremy Bentham, Philip Schofield (Editor), Catherine Pease-Watkin (Editor), Cyprian Blamires (Editor)
 

Bentham's writings for the French Revolution were dominated by the themes of rights, representation, and reform. In 'Nonsense upon Stilts' (hitherto known as 'Anarchical Fallacies'), the most devastating attack on the theory of natural rights ever written, he argued that natural rights provided an unsuitable basis for stable legal and political arrangements. In

Overview

Bentham's writings for the French Revolution were dominated by the themes of rights, representation, and reform. In 'Nonsense upon Stilts' (hitherto known as 'Anarchical Fallacies'), the most devastating attack on the theory of natural rights ever written, he argued that natural rights provided an unsuitable basis for stable legal and political arrangements. In discussing the nature of representation he produced the earliest utilitarian justification of political equality and representative democracy, even recommending women's suffrage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199248636
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Series:
The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham Series
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

University College London

Research Fellow, Bentham Project

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