Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

ISBN-10: 0486454525

ISBN-13: 9780486454528

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jeremy Bentham

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A classic of both philosophy and jurisprudence, this 1789 work articulates an important statement of the foundations of utilitarian philosophy. It also represents a pioneering study of crime and punishment. Bentham's reasoning remains ever relevant and central to contemporary debates in moral and political philosophy, economics, and legal theory.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Jeremy Bentham was born in London, on February 15, 1748, the son of an attorney. He was admitted to Queen's College, Oxford, at age 12 and graduated in 1763. He had his master's degree by 1766 and passed the bar exam in 1769. An English reformer and political philosopher, Bentham spent his life supporting countless social and political reform measures and trying as well to create a science of human behavior. He advocated a utopian welfare state and designed model cities, prisons, schools, and so on, to achieve that goal. He defined his goal as the objective study and measurement of passions and feelings, pleasures and pains, will and action. The principle of "the greatest happiness of the greatest number," set forth in his Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, governed all of his schemes for the improvement of society, and the philosophy he devised, called utilitarianism, set a model for all subsequent reforms based on scientific principles. Bentham also spoke about complete equality between the sexes, law reform, separation of church and state, the abolition of slavery, and animal rights. Bentham died on June 6, 1832, at the age of 84 at his residence in Queen Square Place in Westminster, London. He had continued to write up to a month before his death, and had made careful preparations for the dissection of his body after death and its preservation as an auto-icon.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Further Reading
Bentham's Principle Of Utility And Theory Of Penal Law
Preface
of the Principle of Utility
of Principles Adverse to That of Utility
of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure
Value of a Lot of Pleasure or Pain, How to Be Measured
Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds
of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility
of Human Actions in General
of Intentionality
of Consciousness
of Motives
of Human Dispositions in General
of the Consequences of a Mischievous Act
Cases Unmeet for Punishment
of the Proportion Between Punishments and Offences
of the Properties to Be Given to a Lot of Punishment
Division of Offences
of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence
Concluding Note1
Index Of Subjects
Index Of Names
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