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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 Development of Bentham's Position

The Development of Bentham's Position

(p.82) 5 The Development of Bentham's Position
In the Interest of the Governed

David Lyons

Oxford University Press

It is essential to the interpretive hypothesis that Bentham's dual standard in the Introduction was not his fundamental doctrine but was derivative. This chapter begins by reviewing the origins of this interpretation, to show why this is so. It then reconstructs an elaborate implicit argument that might plausibly be claimed to express Bentham's unarticulated thoughts. The argument has two stages, one dealing with the government as a whole, the second drawing conclusions about the ordinary official conduct of government functionaries.

Keywords:   Bentham, government, law, derivation, dual standard, Introduction

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