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Bentham, Byron, and GreeceConstitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought$
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F. Rosen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.001.0001

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Liberty and Constitutional Theory

Liberty and Constitutional Theory

(p.25) 2 Liberty and Constitutional Theory
Bentham, Byron, and Greece

F. Rosen

Oxford University Press

‘The Definition of Liberty’, wrote Jeremy Bentham in 1776, ‘is one of the corner stones of my system: and one that I know not how to do without’. When he wrote these words, he was assisting his friend John Lind in the latter's critique of Richard Price's influential pamphlet Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty. His role was mainly one of supplying Lind with numerous characteristic ideas which Lind employed with considerable rhetorical effect in articles and pamphlets directed against Price's conception of liberty and support for American independence. Bentham's most important contribution was his clarification of the concept of liberty, and it was at this time that he developed important ideas about liberty which were to have a lasting influence on his constitutional theory.

Keywords:   Jeremy Bentham, John Lind, Richard Price, liberty, independence, constitutional theory

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