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Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Go BackUtilitiarian Values, Morals, Freedom, Government, Law
coverJeremy Bentham : A Fragment on Government (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by J. H. Burns, Jeremy Bentham, Ross Harrison (Editor), Herbert L. Hart.    

Originally prepared as a part of Bentham's Collected Works, this volume now makes one of the central texts in the development of utilitarian tradition available in its own authoritative 1977 edition.

The Bentham Project
The aim of the Bentham Project is to produce a new scholarly edition of the works and correspondence of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the influential jurist, philosopher, and social scientist, whom A.J.P. Taylor described as `the most formidable reasoner who ever applied his gifts to the practical questions of administration and politics'.


The Bentham Newsletter
Offered by The Bentham Project.  The Bentham Newsletter is dedicated to the life and writings of the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). The Newsletter aims to provide a forum for debate and discussion of all aspects of Bentham studies and utilitarianism. Queries, items of information, accounts of on-going research projects, and short articles for the newsletter are welcomed.


International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS)
International Society for Utilitarian Studies (ISUS) of utilitarianism and Bentham. Homepage of the society and reviews of Bentham's books.  
Truth versus Ashhurst (1792)
In The Works of Jeremy Bentham, published under the superintendence of his executor, John Bowring, vol. V (Edinburgh, Tait; London, Simpkin, Marshall; 1843), pages 231-237. This site offers two files in Word97 and RTF format. Maintained by I. Stewart.


The Principles of Morals and Legislation 
From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  This e-text was scanned from The Works of Jeremy Bentham (1838-1843), edited by John Bowring.


Defense of Usury (1787)


Offences Against One's Self (1785; unpublished)
This is the first publication of Jeremy Bentham's essay on "Paederasty," written about 1785. The essay which runs to over 60 manuscript pages, is the first known argument for homosexual law reform in England. Bentham advocates the decriminalization of' sodomy, which in his day was punished by hanging. He argues that homosexual acts do not "weaken" men, or threaten population or marriage, and documents their prevalence in ancient Greece and Rome. Bentham opposes punishment on utilitarian grounds and attacks ascetic sexual morality. Edited by Louis Crompton (First published in the 1978 summer and fall issues of Journal of Homosexuality, v.3:4 & v.4:1, 1978.) 


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