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Bentham's Theory of Law and Public Opinion

Edited by: Xiaobo Zhai, Michael Quinn

ISBN13: 9781107042254
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781107674301

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This collection represents the latest research from leading scholars whose work has helped to frame our understanding of Bentham since the publication of H. L. A. Hart's Essays on Bentham.

The authors explore fundamental areas of Bentham's thought, including the relationship between the rule of law and public opinion; law and popular prejudices or manipulated tastes; Bentham's methodology versus Hart's; sovereignty and codification; and the language of natural rights.

Drawing on original manuscripts and volumes in The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, the chapters combine philosophical and historical approaches and offer new and more faithful interpretations of Bentham's legal philosophy and its development. As a coherent whole, the book challenges the dominant understandings of Bentham among legal philosophers and rescues him from some famous mischaracterizations.

1. Introduction Fred Rosen
2. Law's rule: reflexivity, mutual accountability, and the rule of law Gerald Postema
3. The soul of justice: Bentham on publicity, law and the rule of law Gerald Postema
4. Popular prejudices, real pains: what does a legislator do when the people err in assigning mischief? Michael Quinn
5. Jeremy Bentham on taste, sex and religion Philip Schofield
6. Bentham's jurisprudence and democratic theory: an alternative to Hart's approach David Lieberman
7. Bentham's natural arrangement and the collapse of the expositor-censor distinction in the general theory of law Xiaobo Zhai
8. Utility, morality and reform: Bentham and eighteenth-century continental jurisprudence Emmanuelle de Champs
9. A defence of Jeremy Bentham's critique of natural rights Philip Schofield.