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Bentham and the common law tradition

Author: Gerald J Postema
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon, 1986
Series: Clarendon law series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A philosophical interpretation of the historical debate between Bentham and classical Common Law theory, which draws on Bentham's published and unpublished writings to explore the foundations of  Read more...

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Named Person: Jeremy Bentham; Jeremy Bentham
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald J Postema
ISBN: 0198256515 9780198256519
OCLC Number: 18629056
Description: xvi, 490 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Abbreviations; PART I: LAW, CUSTOM AND REASON: Elements of classical common law theory; Law, social union, and collective rationality; Hume's jurisprudence: Law, justice, and human nature; Hume's jurisprudence: Common law conventialism; PART II: BENTHAM'S CRITIQUE OF COMMON LAW; THE ROOTS OF POSITIVISM: Utilitarian justice and the tasks of law; Bentham as a common law revisionist; Custom, rules and sovereignty; Plucking off the mask of mystery; Utilarianismpositivism; PART III: LAW, UTILITY AND ADJUDICATION: The judge as Paterfamilias; Judicial virtues and the sanctions of public opinion; Utilitarian adjudication within the shadow of the code; The coherence of Bentham's theory of law.
Series Title: Clarendon law series.
Responsibility: Gerald J. Postema.

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'an important new book on Bentham's thought which will command the attention of philosophers, political theorists, and legal historians ... major study of Bentham's legal philosophy'Utilitas

 
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