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In the Interest of the GovernedA Study in Bentham's Philosophy of Utility and Law$
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David Lyons

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239642.001.0001

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The Need for Re-Examination

The Need for Re-Examination

1 The Need for Re-Examination
In the Interest of the Governed

David Lyons

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an interpretive study of Bentham's thought, focusing on two of his fundamental doctrines—the principle of utility and his conception of law. It suggests some new ways of reading Bentham. It also discusses Bentham's life and work. One cannot read Bentham seriously without reflecting on the largest, most important problems in the philosophy of morality and law, and some general questions are discussed in the course of our interpretive explorations.

Keywords:   Bentham, philosophy of law, concept of law

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