Utilitarians and their Critics in America 1789-1914

Utilitarians and their Critics in America 1789-1914

by James E. Crimmins, Mark G. Spencer
     
 

Utilitarian ideas in nineteenth-century America have been given short shrift in modern historical and philosophical scholarship. Collecting the relevant published work together in one place is an essential starting point for any serious investigation of American utilitarians and their critics. James Crimmins and Mark Spencer have made an expert selection from

Overview

Utilitarian ideas in nineteenth-century America have been given short shrift in modern historical and philosophical scholarship. Collecting the relevant published work together in one place is an essential starting point for any serious investigation of American utilitarians and their critics. James Crimmins and Mark Spencer have made an expert selection from scattered sources of around 60 important articles and essays. These include treatments of Bentham by his friend John Neal,
editor of The Yankee, and commentaries on John Stuart Mill gathered from rare American journals. There are also discussions of utilitarian jurisprudence by the great American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, and pieces by many other writers. This collection, with its substantial editorial introduction, will be vital reading for historians of ideas,
scholars of philosophy and political thought, and any one else interested in the fate of utilitarianism in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843711100
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/20/2005
Series:
History of American Thought Series
Pages:
1280
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

James E. Crimmins is Professor of Political Theory at Huron University College, The University of Western Ontario. His books include Secular Utilitarianism (Oxford,Clarendon, 1990), On Bentham (Belmont, CA, Wadsworth, 2004), and with Catherine Fuller (ed.), Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism Examined, The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2011).

Mark G. Spencer is Professor of History at Brock University and has published widely in the fields relating to American Enlightenment.

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