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The Need for Re-Examination

David Lyons

in In the Interest of the Governed

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239642
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239642.003.0001
The Need for Re-Examination

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This chapter presents an interpretive study of Bentham's thought, focusing on two of his fundamental doctrines—the principle of utility and his conception of law. It suggests some new ways of reading Bentham. It also discusses Bentham's life and work. One cannot read Bentham seriously without reflecting on the largest, most important problems in the philosophy of morality and law, and some general questions are discussed in the course of our interpretive explorations.

Keywords: Bentham; philosophy of law; concept of law

Chapter.  6863 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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