Selected Writings

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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), philosopher and reformer, is one of the most influential thinkers of the modern age. This introduction to his writings presents a representative selection of texts authoritatively restored by the Bentham Project, University College London. As well as more familiar pieces, highlights include the succinct essay "On Retrenchment" and a never-before-published treatise on sex. The volume is completed by major interpretative essays by Mark Canuel, David Lieberman, Jennifer Pitts, and Philip ...

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Selected Writings of Girolamo Savonarola: Religion and Politics, 1490-1498

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Overview

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), philosopher and reformer, is one of the most influential thinkers of the modern age. This introduction to his writings presents a representative selection of texts authoritatively restored by the Bentham Project, University College London. As well as more familiar pieces, highlights include the succinct essay "On Retrenchment" and a never-before-published treatise on sex. The volume is completed by major interpretative essays by Mark Canuel, David Lieberman, Jennifer Pitts, and Philip Schofield.

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Editorial Reviews

Frances Ferguson

"This excellent collection ought to be in the library of every scholar working on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century law, public policy, and the public sphere. It brings together a superb introduction, carefully established texts, and illuminating essays."—Frances Ferguson, author of Pornography, The Theory: What Utilitarianism Did To Action
William Twining

“This stimulating reader invites a fresh look at Bentham. Drawing on recent scholarship, it presents newly edited texts and unexpected perspectives on familiar works about sex, law, publicity, colonies, place and time, and much else besides.”—William Twining, University College London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300112375
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Rethinking the Western Tradition Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,446,329
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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Stephen Engelmann is associate professor of political science, University of Illinois, Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction Stephen G. Engelmann 1

Texts

I Pleasure and Liberty

Sex Philip Schofield 33

II Fundamentals of Jurisprudence

An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, Preface and Chapters 1-5 103

Place and Time Philip Schofield Stephen G. Engelmann 152

Rationale of Judicial Evidence, Specially Applied to English Practice, Book 1, Chapter 1 220

Constitutional Code Rationale, Chapters 1 and 2 225

Pannomial Fragments 240

III Politics, Policy, and Political Economy

Panopticon, or, the Inspection-House, Letters 1, 2, and 6 283

Of Publicity 291

Manual of Political Economy, Chapters 1 and 2 308

Nonsense Upon Stilts (excluding the Observations on Sieyès) 318

On Retrenchment 395

Essays

Jeremy Bentham, the Principle of Utility, and Legal Positivism Philip Schofield 425

Bentham on Codification David Lieberman 460

"Great and Distant Crimes": Empire in Bentham's Thought Jennifer Pitts 478

Bentham, Utility, and the Romantic Imagination Mark Canuel 500

Index 520

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