Theory of Legislation

Theory of Legislation

by William Sweet
     
 

This set presents in facsimile The Theory of Legislation by the English utilitarian legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), originally edited by Étienne Dumont (1802) and later translated by Richard Hildreth (1840). Hildreth's 1840 edition is generally accepted as a faithful English translation of the first two volumes of Dumont. A second (corrected)

Overview

This set presents in facsimile The Theory of Legislation by the English utilitarian legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), originally edited by Étienne Dumont (1802) and later translated by Richard Hildreth (1840). Hildreth's 1840 edition is generally accepted as a faithful English translation of the first two volumes of Dumont. A second (corrected) edition of Hildreth's translation was published in London in 1864, and following this Hildreth's translation went through several more editions and reprints between the years 1871 and 1911. It was largely through the distribution of Hildreth's translation that Bentham's utilitarian legal philosophy gained currency in the United States. The introduction explains (1) the origin of Bentham's writings on civil and penal law, their 1802 publication by Dumont and subsequent re-translation into English by Hildreth, and (2) the importance of Bentham's writings on civil law to a complete understanding of his theory of utilitarian legislation and, in particular, its ‘liberal' characteristics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843711216
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/30/2004
Pages:
530
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 8.92(h) x 2.36(d)

Meet the Author

Mark G. Spencer is associate professor in the Department of History at Brock University, ON. He teaches courses on colonial and early U.S. history and the history of ideas in the Atlantic world, including the early U.S. history survey and upper-level and graduate courses on the American Enlightenment and American Revolution. His current research projects include a SSHRC-supported volume on David Hume as historian (contracted with Penn State University Press) and work on the American Enlightenment.

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