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Bentham, Jeremy 1748-1832

Works: 1,878 works in 7,549 publications in 6 languages and 127,022 library holdings
Genres: History  Records and correspondence  Rules  Portraits  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Contributor, Recipient, Dedicatee, Former owner, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: B1574.B34, 192
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An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

263 editions published between 1789 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 5,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A reprint of the edition of 1823, which contains the author's final corrections." "Selected bibliography": pages xvii-xix
The theory of legislation by Jeremy Bentham( )

135 editions published between 1864 and 2012 in English and German and held by 3,779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whatever may be thought of the Principle of Utility, when considered as the foundation of morals, no one now-a-days will undertake to deny that it is the only safe rule of legislation. To establish and illustrate this proposition, and to show how it ought to be, and might be carried into practice, was the aim and end of Bentham's life and writings. Bacon derives his fame from the fact that he was the first who fully appreciated and formally laid down the proposition, now familiar to everybody, that experiment and observation are the only solid bases of the physical sciences. In the moral sciences, and especially in legislation, the principle of utility is the only certain guide; and, in the estimation of an impartial posterity, Bentham will rank with Bacon, as an original genius of the first order. During a long life, devoted solely and assiduously to the study of jurisprudence, besides his occasional publications, he produced an immense mass of manuscripts, containing a fund of most valuable ideas, but unshaped, unarranged, and in a state quite unfit for publication. Fortunately for the cause of science, these materials were not left to perish; an interpreter, a compiler, a spokesman was found, every way worthy of the task he assumed. Dumont, a citizen of Geneva, whom political troubles had driven from his own country, after a residence of some years at St. Petersburg, where he gained a high reputation as a preacher of the Reformed Church, came to London under the patronage of the Lansdowne family, and there made Bentham's acquaintance. He became his friend and disciple, was permitted to examine and to study his manuscript treatises; and, having discovered the value of this hidden treasure, he solicited the task of arranging, condensing, filling out, compiling, and translating into the French language. As soon as Bentham had discovered the great divisions, the great classifications of laws, he embraced legislation as a whole, and formed the vast project of treating it in all its parts. He considered it not as composed of detached works, but as forming a single work. He had before his eyes the general chart of the science, and after that model he framed particular charts of all its departments. Hence it follows that the most striking peculiarity of his writings is their perfect correspondence. Among Dumont's first publications from the manuscripts of Bentham, was the treatise of which these volumes contain a translation. He afterwards brought out several other works compiled in the same way, and from the same sources; and it is only in these compilations that we find anything like a clear and complete development of the ideas of Bentham, or a full exposition of his system of legislation. Public attention in America is every day more and more attracted to the subject of Legal Reform; and the translator flatters himself that he will have performed a useful and acceptable service, in restoring to its native English tongue the following treatise. It includes a vast field, never before surveyed upon any regular plan, and least of all according to such principles as Bentham has laid down. In the application of those principles he has, doubtless, made some mistakes; for mistakes are of necessity incident to a first attempt. But he has himself furnished us with the means of detecting those mistakes and of correcting them. He asks us to receive nothing on his mere authority. He subjects everything to the test of General Utility." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
A fragment on government by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

105 editions published between 1823 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume makes available one of the central texts in the development of utilitarian tradition, in the authoritative 1977 edition prepared by Professors Burns and Hart as part of Bentham's Collected Works. Certain that history was on his side, Bentham sought to rid the world of the hideous mess wrought by legal obfuscation and confusion, and to transform politics into a rational, scientific activity, premised on the fundamental axiom that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong
Jeremy Bentham's economic writings by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

85 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All three volumes contain historical introductions and collections of passages from Bentham's non-economic writings which illustrate his views on economics as a science and the problems of methodology. Volume 1 covers the period from 1787 to 1795. Volume 2 contains all the writings that are grouped around Bentham's bold idea and suggestion--the proposal of a "circulating annuity." Volume 3 collects all his relevant manuscripts written in and after 1801, showing a definite turning towards a theoretical and didactic treatment of economic life and thus reflect his growing conviction that it would be impossible for him to influence practice and policy
Legislator of the world : writings on codification, law, and education by Jeremy Bentham( )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and German and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bentham's central concern during the 1810s and 1820s was with the codification of the law. Rejecting both the common law and the historical approach to codification, he argued that a code of law should be based on a rigorous logical analysis of the categories of human action, and that each enactment should be followed by the reasons which justified it. Such an "all-comprehensive" code containing an interwoven rationale would signal a new era in legislation. Once one state had adopted such a code, other states would be obliged to follow its example, and Bentham would become in effect "legislator of the world"
Traités de législation civile et pénale by Jeremy Bentham( )

57 editions published between 1802 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plan of parliamentary reform, in the form of a catechism, with reasons for each article : with an introduction, shewing the necessity of radical, and the inadequacy of moderate reform by Jeremy Bentham( )

43 editions published between 1817 and 2016 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rationale of punishment by Jeremy Bentham( )

80 editions published between 1811 and 2015 in French and English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Défense de l'usure, ou, Lettres sur les inconvénients des lois qui fixent le taux de l'intérêt de l'argent by Jeremy Bentham( )

79 editions published between 1787 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 18th-century work by British philosopher and founder of utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham began as a series of 13 "letters" addressed to Scottish economist Adam Smith. Usury—the practice of charging interest on loans—was outlawed in Britain based on certain passages in the Christian Old Testament. Bentham argued that interest could, in fact, generate positive social benefits. His arguments were very influential and led to the gradual abolishment of restrictions on usury. G.K. Chesterton identified Bentham's essay on usury as the very beginning of the "modern world." There is little evidence as to Smith's reaction
Bentham's Theory of fictions by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

40 editions published between 1932 and 2001 in English and French and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Political tactics by Jeremy Bentham( )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political Tactics, composed for the Estates General in the months just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolution, is one of Bentham's most original works. It contains the earliest and perhaps most important theoretical analysis of parliamentary procedure ever written. It was subsequently translated into many languages and has had a far-reaching influence - for instance, it provided the basis for the regulations adopted in the 1820s governing the procedures of the Buenos Aires assembly, and as recently as the early 1990s it was reprinted by the Spanish Cortes. With typical thoroughness and
Benthamiana, or, Select extracts from the works of Jeremy Bentham : with an outline of his opinions on the principal subjects discussed in his works by Jeremy Bentham( )

40 editions published between 1843 and 2016 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deontology ; together with A table of the springs of action ; and the Article on Utilitarianism by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Official aptitude maximized, expense minimized by Jeremy Bentham( )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonies, commerce, and constitutional law : Rid yourselves of Ultramaria and other writings on Spain and Spanish America by Jeremy Bentham( )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fragment on government and An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

39 editions published between 1948 and 1967 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First principles preparatory to constitutional code by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bentham's handbook of political fallacies by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

30 editions published between 1952 and 1971 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English edition was first published in 1824 under title: The book of fallacies
Rationale of judicial evidence, specially applied to English practice by Jeremy Bentham( Book )

36 editions published between 1827 and 2012 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Legislator of the world : writings on codification, law, and education
The theory of legislationA fragment on governmentJeremy Bentham's economic writingsLegislator of the world : writings on codification, law, and educationPlan of parliamentary reform, in the form of a catechism, with reasons for each article : with an introduction, shewing the necessity of radical, and the inadequacy of moderate reformThe rationale of punishmentDéfense de l'usure, ou, Lettres sur les inconvénients des lois qui fixent le taux de l'intérêt de l'argentBentham's Theory of fictions
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Bentam 1748-1832

Bentam, Dz︠h︡eremi 1748-1832

Bentam, Ieremëía 1748-1832

Bentam, Ieremi︠a︡ 1748-1832

Bentam, Ieremija 1748-1832

Bentam Iyeremiya

Bentam, Jeremiâ.

Bentam, Jeremía 1748-1832

Bentems, Džeremijs 1748-1832


Bentham 1748-1832

Bentham, Geremia 1748-1832

Bentham, J.

Bentham, Jeremi.

Bentham, Jeremias.

Bentham, Jeremías 1748-1832

Bentham Jérémie

Bentham Jérémie 1748-1832

Bentham Jeremy

Benthamos, Hieremias 1748-1832

Bianqin 1748-1832

Ceremi Bentam

Džeremijs Bentems

Ieremias Bentham

Jeremi Bensamu

Jeremy Bentham angielski filozof, prawnik i ekonomista

Jeremy Bentham Brits filosoof

Jeremy Bentham britský právní teoretik, filosof a společenský reformátor

Jeremy Bentham englantilainen valistusfilosofi

Jeremy Bentham englischer Philosoph und Sozialreformer

Jeremy Bentham escritor y filósofo inglés

Jeremy Bentham filosofo e giurista inglese

Jeremy Bentham philosophe, moraliste et législateur anglais

Mahtneb Jérémie 1748-1832

Nichijiji Bensamu

Smith, Gamaliel

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Бентам Д

Бентам Д. 1748-1832

Бентам, Джереми

Бентам Иеремия

Бентам, Иеремия 1748-1832

Джереми Бентъм

Джеремі Бентам

Иеремия Бентам английский философ, социолог, юрист

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जेरेमी बेन्थम

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