The Book of Fallacies

Hardcover | April 26, 2015

byJeremy Bentham

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The present edition of The Book of Fallacies is the first that follows Bentham's own structure for the work, and includes a great deal of material, both in terms of the fallacies themselves and the illustrative matter, that previous versions of the work have omitted. The fallacies thatconcerned Bentham were not logical errors of the sort identified by Aristotle, or commonplace misunderstandings of matters of fact, but arguments deployed in political debate, in particular in the British Parliament, in order to prevent reform.Bentham not only identified, described, and criticized the fallacious arguments in question, which were all characterized by their irrelevancy, but explained the sinister interests that led politicians to employ them and their supporters to accept them. By exposing these political fallacies, Benthamhoped to prevent their employment in future, and thereby to place political debate on its only proper ground, namely considerations drawn from the principle of utility.

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The present edition of The Book of Fallacies is the first that follows Bentham's own structure for the work, and includes a great deal of material, both in terms of the fallacies themselves and the illustrative matter, that previous versions of the work have omitted. The fallacies thatconcerned Bentham were not logical errors of the so...

Philip Schofield is Professor of the History of Legal and Political Thought at University College London. He is Director of the Bentham Project and General Editor of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, and has previously edited or co-edited six volumes in the edition. He has written many scholarly articles on Bentham and his monogr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editorial IntroductionThe Book of FallaciesBook I: Fallacies of the Ins1. Fallacies Applying to Men's Fears2. Fallacies Applying to Men's Self-Diffidence3. Fallacies Applying to Men's Self-Diffidence (continued): Anti-Rational Fallacies4. Fallacies Applying to Men's Superstitions5. Fallacies Applying to Men's Indolence and Indifference6. Fallacies Applying to Men's AntipathiesBook II: Eitherside Fallacies7. Fallacies Applying to Men's Sympathies8. Fallacies Applying to the Judicial FacultyBook III: Fallacies of the Outs9. Fallacies Applying to Men's Jealousies and EnvyingsAppendicesIndexes