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Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice: Jeremy Bentham and the Civil Law: Book by P.J. Kelly

Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice: Jeremy Bentham and the Civil Law

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ISBN: 9780198254188    Publisher: Oxford University Press Year of publishing: 1990     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 256        Language: English
In this book Dr Kelly presents an exposition and sympathetic defence of Jeremy Bentham's utilitarian theory of justice. He seeks to rescue Bentham's reputation from crude 19th- and 20th-century caricatures,...Read more
In this book Dr Kelly presents an exposition and sympathetic defence of Jeremy Bentham's utilitarian theory of justice. He seeks to rescue Bentham's reputation from crude 19th- and 20th-century caricatures, and to develop a sophisticated and subtle interpretation of Bentham's moral theory which places him at the heart of British Liberal tradition. Drawing heavily on Bentham's unpublished civil and distributive law writings, classical and recent Bentham scholarship and contemporary work in moral and political philosophy, Dr Kelly argues that Bentham developed a moderate welfare-state liberal theory of justice with egalitarian leanings, the aim of which was to secure the material and political conditions of each citizen's pursuit of his own conception of the good life in co-operation with others.
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a definite contribution to Bentham scholarship Times Higher Education Supplement Kelly has written an ambitious book of rich philosophical interest which will be essential reading for Bentham's...Read more
a definite contribution to Bentham scholarship Times Higher Education Supplement Kelly has written an ambitious book of rich philosophical interest which will be essential reading for Bentham's intellectual friends and enemies alike Political Studies This book makes very full reference to Bentham secondary literature and to current debates in moral and political theory. Reasonably enough, the author expects no previous knowledge of either body or material. Readers ignorant of one of these fields will be reliably and fully informed about the other. Readers knowledgeable about Bentham will still learn something about him and be forced to face new challenges to their ideas. MIND Kelly's book has established an important set of issues for Bentham scholarship as well as for utilitarian theory. Utilitas
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