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Essays on BenthamJurisprudence and Political Philosophy$
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H. L. A. Hart

Print publication date: 1982

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254683.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Essays on Bentham

H. L. A. Hart

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This chapter provides an overview of the other chapters which are on various aspects of Bentham's political thought and jurisprudence. Bentham wrote on almost every conceivable subject to which the application of utilitarian principles can make a difference and on many subjects to which those principles might at first seem totally irrelevant. Most of this work consists of the detailed working out of the Greatest Happiness Principle in relation to law and legal institutions, but Bentham's range also includes topics as diverse as poor relief, Christianity and the Church of England, model prisons, birth control, grammar, logic, usury, and much of economics.

Keywords:   Bentham, political thought, jurisprudence, utilitarian principles, legal institutions, Church of England

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