Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham by James E. CrimminsSecular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham by James E. Crimmins

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

byJames E. Crimmins

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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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 religion he wrote and published during the last twenty-five years of his life. However his earliestwritings on the subject date from the 1770s, when as a young man he first embarked on his calling as a legal theorist and social reformer. From that time on, religion was never far from the centre of his thoughts. In Secular Utilitarianism, James Crimmins illustrates the nature, extent, and depth of Jeremy Bentham's concern with religion, from his Oxford days of first doubts to the middle years of quiet unbelief, and finally, the zealous atheism and secularism of his later life. Dr Crimmins provides aninterpretation of Bentham's thought in which his religious views, hitherto of little interest to Bentham scholars, are shown to be integral: on the one hand intimately associated with the metaphysical, epistemological, and psychological principles which gave shape to his system as a whole, and onthe other central to the development of his entirely secular view of society.
James E. Crimmins is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Huron College, Ontario.
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Title:Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy BenthamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198277415

ISBN - 13:9780198277415

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`Curious readers, wishing to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between religion and utilitarianism and a range of associated issues, are warmly recommended James Crimmins' work ... the feeling of the book is of a thoroughly researched piece by an author who, though himselfintimately familiar with his subject, also has the ability to provide readers with a general understanding of Bentham's work with an insight into a considerably deeper level of knowledge'British Journal for 18th Century Studies