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The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentha: Legislator of the World - Writings on Codification, Law and Education

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Edited by: Philip Schofield, Jonathan Harris

ISBN13: 9780198207474
ISBN: 0198207476
Published: March 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £187.50



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Bentham's central concern during the 1810s and 1820s was with the codification of the law. Rejecting both the common law and the historical approach to codification, he argued that a code of law should be based on a rigorous logical analysis of the categories of human action, and that each enactment should be followed by the reasons which justified it. Such an 'all-comprehensive' code containing an 'interwoven rationale' would signal a new era in legislation. Once one state had adopted such a code, other states would be obliged to follow its example, and Bentham would become in effect 'legislator of the world'

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 fascinating 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.

The production of a methodology for codification ranks as one of Bentham's outstanding theoretical achievements. Through the materials presented in this volume he emerges as a seminal figure in the development of liberalism throughout Europe and America in the early nineteenth century.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Editorial Introduction
Papers Relative to Codification and Public Instruction: Including Correspondence with the Russian Emperor and Divers Constituted Authorities in the American United States
First Lines of a Proposed Code of Law for any Nation Compleat and Rationalized Codification Proposal, Addressed by Jeremy Bentham to all Nations Professing Liberal Opinions
Collations
Index of Subjects
Index of Names

Series: Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham

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ISBN 9780198207726
Published June 1999
Oxford University Press
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