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Bentham, Jeremy 1748-1832

Works: 1,877 works in 6,245 publications in 9 languages and 111,848 library holdings
Genres: History  Records and correspondence  Rules  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Controversial literature  Biography  Church history  Catechisms  Portraits  Commentaries 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Recipient, Dedicatee, Former owner, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: K334, 192
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An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
226 editions published between 1789 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 5,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An electronic version of Bentham's classic work of utilitarian philosophy. The HTML text is rendered from the 1907 Oxford University Press edition, which in turn was a reprint of the 1823 edition. The e-text is part of a site maintained by Dan Bonevac and Paul Lyon called 'Classical Utilitarianism'
The rationale of punishment by Jeremy Bentham( )
172 editions published between 1830 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 4,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Whatever may be thought of the Principle of Utility, when considered as the foundation of morals, no one now-a-days will undertake to deny that it is the only safe rule of legislation. To establish and illustrate this proposition, and to show how it ought to be, and might be carried into practice, was the aim and end of Bentham's life and writings. Bacon derives his fame from the fact that he was the first who fully appreciated and formally laid down the proposition, now familiar to everybody, that experiment and observation are the only solid bases of the physical sciences. In the moral sciences, and especially in legislation, the principle of utility is the only certain guide; and, in the estimation of an impartial posterity, Bentham will rank with Bacon, as an original genius of the first order. During a long life, devoted solely and assiduously to the study of jurisprudence, besides his occasional publications, he produced an immense mass of manuscripts, containing a fund of most valuable ideas, but unshaped, unarranged, and in a state quite unfit for publication. Fortunately for the cause of science, these materials were not left to perish; an interpreter, a compiler, a spokesman was found, every way worthy of the task he assumed. Dumont, a citizen of Geneva, whom political troubles had driven from his own country, after a residence of some years at St. Petersburg, where he gained a high reputation as a preacher of the Reformed Church, came to London under the patronage of the Lansdowne family, and there made Bentham's acquaintance. He became his friend and disciple, was permitted to examine and to study his manuscript treatises; and, having discovered the value of this hidden treasure, he solicited the task of arranging, condensing, filling out, compiling, and translating into the French language. As soon as Bentham had discovered the great divisions, the great classifications of laws, he embraced legislation as a whole, and formed the vast project of treating it in all its parts. He considered it not as composed of detached works, but as forming a single work. He had before his eyes the general chart of the science, and after that model he framed particular charts of all its departments. Hence it follows that the most striking peculiarity of his writings is their perfect correspondence. Among Dumont's first publications from the manuscripts of Bentham, was the treatise of which these volumes contain a translation. He afterwards brought out several other works compiled in the same way, and from the same sources; and it is only in these compilations that we find anything like a clear and complete development of the ideas of Bentham, or a full exposition of his system of legislation. Public attention in America is every day more and more attracted to the subject of Legal Reform; and the translator flatters himself that he will have performed a useful and acceptable service, in restoring to its native English tongue the following treatise. It includes a vast field, never before surveyed upon any regular plan, and least of all according to such principles as Bentham has laid down. In the application of those principles he has, doubtless, made some mistakes; for mistakes are of necessity incident to a first attempt. But he has himself furnished us with the means of detecting those mistakes and of correcting them. He asks us to receive nothing on his mere authority. He subjects everything to the test of General Utility." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
A fragment on government and An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
197 editions published between 1776 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume makes available one of the central texts in the development of utilitarian tradition, in the authoritative 1977 edition prepared by Professors Burns and Hart as part of Bentham's Collected Works. Certain that history was on his side, Bentham sought to rid the world of the hideous mess wrought by legal obfuscation and confusion, and to transform politics into a rational, scientific activity, premised on the fundamental axiom that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong
Défense de l'usure, ou, Lettres sur les inconvénients des lois qui fixent le taux de l'intérêt de l'argent by Jeremy Bentham( )
208 editions published between 1787 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bantham, Jeremy: A protest against law-taxes, shewing the peculiar mischievousness of all such impositions as add to the expense of appeal to justice. 70 S
Grundsätze der Civil- und Criminal-Gesetzgebung by Jeremy Bentham( )
72 editions published between 1802 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jeremy Bentham's economic writings by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
78 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reprinting three classic volumes on Jeremy Bentham's economic writings, the set contains historical introductions and collections of passages from Bentham's non-economic writings
Plan of parliamentary reform in the form of a catechism with reasons for each article : with an introduction, shewing the necessity of radical, and the inadequacy of moderate, reform by Jeremy Bentham( )
48 editions published between 1817 and 2007 in English and French and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Legislator of the world writings on codification, law, and education by Jeremy Bentham( )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bentham attempted to persuade legislative authorities in the United States of America, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Greece, South and Central America, and elsewhere, to invite him to draft a code of law for them. The works presented in this volume record in detail Bentham's dealings with such eminent figures as James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Emperor Alexander I, Prince Adam Czartoryski, Alexander Mavrokordatos, Bernadino Rivadavia, and Jose del Valle
Benthamiana, or, Select extracts from the works of Jeremy Bentham with an outline of his opinions on the principal subjects discussed in his works by Jeremy Bentham( )
38 editions published between 1843 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
47 editions published between 1838 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bentham's Theory of fictions by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
35 editions published between 1932 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political tactics by Jeremy Bentham( )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political Tactics, composed for the Estates General in the months just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolution, is one of Bentham's most original works. It contains the earliest and perhaps most important theoretical analysis of parliamentary procedure ever written. It was subsequently translated into many languages and has had a far-reaching influence - for instance, it provided the basis for the regulations adopted in the 1820s governing the procedures of the Buenos Aires assembly, and as recently as the early 1990s it was reprinted by the Spanish Cortes. With typical thoroughness and insight, Bentham discusses such central themes as the publicity of procedings, the rules of debate, the conduct of deputies, and the proper steps to be taken in composing, proposing, and voting on a motion. Even such relatively minor points as the size of the assembly-room and the costume of the deputies are not overlooked. All along Bentham illustrates his points by reference to the actual practice of both the British Houses of Parliament and the French provincial assemblies
A comment on the Commentaries and A fragment on government by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
55 editions published between 1928 and 2010 in English and German and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deontology ; together with A table of the springs of action ; and the Article on Utilitarianism by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
35 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Official aptitude maximized, expense minimized by Jeremy Bentham( )
10 editions published between 1830 and 2009 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Colonies, commerce, and constitutional law Rid yourselves of Ultramaria and other writings on Spain and Spanish America by Jeremy Bentham( )
12 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bentham's handbook of political fallacies by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
30 editions published between 1952 and 1971 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rationale of judicial evidence specially applied to English practice : from the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
25 editions published between 1827 and 2011 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First principles preparatory to constitutional code by Jeremy Bentham( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Church-of-Englandism and its catechism examined preceded by strictures on the exclusionary system, as pursued in the National Society's schools : interspersed with parallel views of the English and Scottish established and non-established churches : and concluding with remedies proposed for abuses indicated ... by Jeremy Bentham( )
51 editions published between 1817 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism Examined, printed in 1817 and published in 1818, was part of Bentham's sustained attack on English political, legal, and ecclesiastical establishments. Bentham argues that the purpose of the Church's system of education, in particular the schools sponsored by the Church-dominated National Society for the Education of the Poor, was to instil habits of insincerity into the population at large, and thereby protect the abuses which were profitable both to the clergy and the ruling classes in general. Bentham recommends the 'euthanasia' of the Church, and argues that government sponsored proposals were in fact intended to propagate the system of abuse rather than reform it. An appendix based on original manuscripts, which deals with the relationship between Church and state, is published here for the first time. This authoritative version of the text is accompanied by an editorial introduction, comprehensive annotation, collations of several extracts published during Bentham's lifetime, and subject and name indexes
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Bentam, Dzheremi
Bentam, Dz︠h︡eremi 1748-1832
Bentam, Ieremëía 1748-1832
Bentam, Ieremia
Bentam, Ieremi︠a︡ 1748-1832
Bentam, Ieremija 1748-1832
Bentam, Jeremiâ.
Bentems, Džeremijs 1748-1832
Bentham 1748-1832
Bentham, Geremia 1748-1832
Bentham, J.
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Bentham, Jeremías
Bentham, Jeremías 1748-1832
Bentham, Jérémie
Bentham Jérémie 1748-1832
Bentham, Jeremy
Benthamos, Hieremias 1748-1832
Bianqin 1748-1832
Jeremi Bensamu
Mahtneb Jérémie 1748-1832
Nichijiji Bensamu
Smith, Gamaliel
Бентам, Иеремия 1748-1832
ジェレミー ベンサム
ニチジジ ベンサム
ベンサム, ジェレミー
ベンサム, ゼルミー
ベンタム, J
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邊沁 1748-1832
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