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In the Interest of the Governed: A Study in Bentham's Philosophy of Utility and Law

David Lyons


Although known as the founder of modern utilitarianism and the source of analytical jurisprudence, Bentham today is infrequently read, but often caricatured. This book, based on a study of Bentham's most important works, offers a reinterpretation of Bentham's main philosophical doctrines, his principle of utility and his analysis of law. The evidence indicates that Bentham was no ‘universalist’ in morals, but embraced a dual standard—in politics the community's interest, in ‘private ethics’ the agent's interest—which may in turn be based on the idea that government should serve the interests o ... More

Keywords: Bentham, utilitarianism, jurisprudence, government, legal theory, utility, philosophy, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lyons, author
Cornell University