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The Convergence of Interests

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/9780198239642.003.0004
The Convergence of Interests

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Chapter 2 proposed a new interpretation of Bentham's utilitarianism, based on his dual standard in the Introduction and attempting to account for it. This proposal was defended in Chapter 3 by arguing that Bentham could consistently have embraced both a standard of self-interest for private ethics and one of community interest for political affairs, even though the standards are not equivalent and might conceivably diverge. This chapter shows that the dual-standard hypothesis, combined with the differential interpretation of his basic principle, is best supported by the texts—at least by that of the Introduction, the most important of Bentham's works.

Keywords: Bentham; dual standard; Introduction; legislation; punishment; egoism; hedonism; utilitarianism

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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