Preparatory Principles

Hardcover | December 31, 2016

byJeremy Bentham

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Preparatory Principles is not a linear text in the conventional sense, but consists of a series of short passages on a variety of topics, whose themes are summarised in marginal headings. The material constitutes a philosophical commonplace book, compiled by Bentham in the mid-1770s, in whichhe worked out the foundational ideas for his new science of legislation. He then drew on this material when composing such works as A Fragment on Government and An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. Inspired by such figures as John Locke and Claude Adrien Helvetius, Benthamdeveloped an original ontological and epistemological basis for legal terminology, with the aim of replacing the traditional terminology of English law with that of universal jurisprudence. The work that dominates the text, in that Bentham returns to it time and time again in order to offer criticism of it, is William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. While unorganized and fragmentary, the material in Preparatory Principles constitutes a remarkable record of theevolving ideas of a major legal philosopher at a formative stage of his career.

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Preparatory Principles is not a linear text in the conventional sense, but consists of a series of short passages on a variety of topics, whose themes are summarised in marginal headings. The material constitutes a philosophical commonplace book, compiled by Bentham in the mid-1770s, in whichhe worked out the foundational ideas for his...

Douglas G. Long is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.01 inPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019878290X

ISBN - 13:9780198782902

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Symbols and AbbreviationsEditorial IntroductionPreparatory Principles: InserendaMarginal ContentsInserendaPreparatory Principles: IntroductionMarginal ContentsIntroductionPreparatory Principles: What a Law IsMarginal ContentsWhat a Law IsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Names