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Utilitarianism, Feminism, and the Franchise

Terence Ball

in Reappraising Political Theory: Revisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198279952
eISBN:
9780191598753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198279957.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Here, I re‐examine the sources of John Stuart Mill's feminist sympathies. After looking closely at two oft‐touted candidates—Jeremy Bentham and Harriet Taylor Mill—I conclude that neither played the ... More


Blackstone and Bentham: The Law of Nations and International Law

Mark Weston Janis

in America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579341
eISBN:
9780191722653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579341.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Public International Law, Legal History

English jurist, William Blackstone's Commentaries, published between 1765 and 1769, transmitted the common law's traditional perception of the law of nations to American lawyers who would declare ... More


Theories of Law and Government

William Cornish, Michael Lobban, and Keith Smith

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume XI: 1820–1914 English Legal System

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199258819
eISBN:
9780191718151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258819.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter on theories of law and government begins with a discussion of the thought of Jeremy Bentham. It then discusses John Austin's reformulation of the province of jurisprudence, intuitionists ... More


Introduction

James E. Crimmins

in Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198277415
eISBN:
9780191684173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This introductory chapter begins by setting out the purposes of this book: first, to illustrate the extent, depth, and nature of Bentham's concern with religion — from his Oxford days of first ... More


Jeremy Bentham’s Dream

Bart Schultz

in The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691154770
eISBN:
9781400884957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines Jeremy Bentham's doctrine of utilitarianism and the principle of “the greatest happiness of the greatest number.” Bentham is known for his radical critique of society, which ... More


Atheism and the Secular Utilitarian Society

James E. Crimmins

in Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198277415
eISBN:
9780191684173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter addresses the question of how we are to understand Bentham's critique of religion. The answer is that it only makes sense when viewed against the larger canvas of his aspiration to make ... More


Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Christopher Hood and David Heald (eds)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263839
eISBN:
9780191734915
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

‘Transparency’ is widely canvassed as a key to better governance, increasing trust in public-office holders. But it is more often preached than practised, more often referred to than defined, and ... More


Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham

James E. Crimmins

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198277415
eISBN:
9780191684173
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Jeremy Bentham was an ardent secularist convinced that society could be sustained without the support of religious institutions or beliefs. This is writ large in the commonly neglected books on ... More


Benthamite Discipline and Punishment; Or, What Foucault Missed

Terence Ball

in Reappraising Political Theory: Revisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198279952
eISBN:
9780191598753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198279957.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In this chapter, I show how James Mill reworks and recycles the argument of a classic text—viz. Plato's Republic—and uses Plato's theory of justice and just punishment to legitimize Bentham's plans ... More


The Panopticon

Peter Otto

in Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567676
eISBN:
9780191725364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567676.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Bentham's proposals for penal reform were published in Panopticon; or, The Inspection House (written in 1786) and its two Postscripts (1790, 1791). Focusing on these works, and diverging from ... More


Introduction

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This introductory chapter discusses the coverage of the book, which focuses on English philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham's failed attempt to build a prison called panopticon. It examines ... More


Introduction

F. Rosen

in Bentham, Byron, and Greece: Constitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198200789
eISBN:
9780191674778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This book is a study of British political ideas in the early 19th century. It deals specifically with the British involvement in the struggle for Greek independence roughly between 1821 and 1827. The ... More


Theory and Practice I: Bentham and the Greek Constitution of 1822

F. Rosen

in Bentham, Byron, and Greece: Constitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198200789
eISBN:
9780191674778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter considers three major themes of the ‘Observations’: Jeremy Bentham's thesis that the acceptance of popular sovereignty should lead to a transformation of the theory and practice of ... More


Jeremy Bentham and the Origins of the Panopticon

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the family and personal background of Jeremy Bentham and the origins of the panopticon. Bentham was born in London, England in 1748 and was the eldest son of Alicia and ... More


Susceptible Imaginations

Javed Majeed

in Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's The History of British India and Orientalism

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117865
eISBN:
9780191671098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117865.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Between 1797 and 1818, petitions to British parliament favouring extended or universal male suffrage were rejected either because they were printed or because of the language in which they were ... More


The Panopticon Bill of 1794

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines the issues related to the Panopticon Bill of 1794. Jeremy Bentham spent five months—from October 1793 to February 1794—drafting the Panopticon Bill. There were three possible ... More


The First Phase 1786–1793

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the first phase of Jeremy Bentham's attempts to build the panopticon. The political arena in which Bentham fought for his panopticon was dominated by Prime Minister William ... More


A Picture of a Treasury

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Jeremy Bentham in acquiring the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England, for his panopticon prison project. The Treasury was very difficult in the ... More


Hanging Wood and Tothill Fields

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the problems in the acquisition of an appropriate site for Jeremy Bentham's proposed panopticon prison in England. In July 1796, Bentham found a potential site called Hanging ... More


The Final Failure

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the final failure of Jeremy Bentham's proposed construction of the panopticon prison. In 1803, Prime Minister Henry Addington refused to fund the building of the panopticon and ... More


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