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The Development of Bentham's Position

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/9780198239642.003.0005
The Development of Bentham's Position

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It is essential to the interpretive hypothesis that Bentham's dual standard in the Introduction was not his fundamental doctrine but was derivative. This chapter begins by reviewing the origins of this interpretation, to show why this is so. It then reconstructs an elaborate implicit argument that might plausibly be claimed to express Bentham's unarticulated thoughts. The argument has two stages, one dealing with the government as a whole, the second drawing conclusions about the ordinary official conduct of government functionaries.

Keywords: Bentham; government; law; derivation; dual standard; Introduction

Chapter.  9095 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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