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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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Theory and Practice II: Bentham and the First Greek Loan

Theory and Practice II: Bentham and the First Greek Loan

(p.103) 6 Theory and Practice II: Bentham and the First Greek Loan
Bentham, Byron, and Greece

F. Rosen

Oxford University Press

Scholars have either ignored Jeremy Bentham's involvement in the negotiations for the first Greek loan (as perhaps irrelevant) or have misconstrued it, so that this chapter represents the first attempt to state more clearly the nature of that role. Such an attempt can only be successful by appreciating that Bentham's attempts to link theory with practice were probably doomed to failure from the start. His suggestions were rejected, not because they were impractical, but because they were based on critical principles whose only practical role was to undermine the ideological positions and personal opinions of those who were parties to the dispute. Bentham could lay bare the assumptions which led to the dispute in the first place, but he could not end the conflict by virtue of the suggestions themselves. The chapter discusses Bentham's involvement with the Greek Deputies Ioannis Orlandos and Andreas Louriottis to negotiate the first loan on behalf of the Greek government.

Keywords:   Jeremy Bentham, Greece, loan, theory, practice, Ioannis Orlandos, Andreas Louriottis, government

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