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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 Imperational Theory of Law

The Imperational Theory of Law

6 The Imperational Theory of Law
In the Interest of the Governed

David Lyons

Oxford University Press

This chapter turns to Bentham's conception of a law. It has been shown how in the Introduction Bentham conceives of government as ‘directing’ all the members of a political community. He also suggests how important punishment is within a legal system. These two ideas are closely related to Bentham's conception of a law. A close examination of the outgrowth of the Introduction—Of Laws in General—suggests new interpretive problems.

Keywords:   Bentham, concept of law, logic of imperation, punishment

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