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The Imperational Theory of Law

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/9780198239642.003.0006
The Imperational Theory of Law

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This chapter turns to Bentham's conception of a law. It has been shown how in the Introduction Bentham conceives of government as ‘directing’ all the members of a political community. He also suggests how important punishment is within a legal system. These two ideas are closely related to Bentham's conception of a law. A close examination of the outgrowth of the Introduction—Of Laws in General—suggests new interpretive problems.

Keywords: Bentham; concept of law; logic of imperation; punishment

Chapter.  6786 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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