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Utility, Publicity, and Law: Essays on Bentham's Moral and Legal Philosophy

Gerald J. Postema


The essays in this volume offer a reassessment of Jeremy Bentham’s strikingly original legal philosophy. Early on, Bentham discovered his “genius for legislation”—“legislation” included not only law-making and code writing, but also political and social institution building and engineering of public spaces for effective control of the exercise of political power. In his general philosophical work, Bentham sought to articulate a public philosophy to guide and direct all of his “legislative” efforts. Part I explores the philosophical foundations of his public philosophy: his theory of meaning an ... More

Keywords: adjudication, equality, evidence, happiness, international law, principle of utility, publicity, public interest, rights, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald J. Postema, author
Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of North Carolina