Bentham: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

Bentham: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

By: Philip Schofield (author)Paperback

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This book provides a concise and coherent overview of Jeremy Bentham, the widely read and studied political philosopher - ideal for undergraduates who require more than just a simple introduction to his work and thought. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), utilitarian philosopher and reformer, is a key figure in our intellectual heritage, and a far more subtle, sophisticated, and profound thinker than his popular reputation suggests. "Bentham: A Guide for the Perplexed" presents a clear account of his life and thought, and highlights his relevance to contemporary debates in philosophy, politics, and law. Key concepts and themes, including Bentham's theory of logic and language, his utilitarianism, his legal theory, his panopticon prison, and his democratic politics, together with his views on religion, sex, and torture, are lucidly explored. The book also contains an illuminating discussion of the nature of the text from the perspective of an experienced textual editor.The book will not only prove exceptionally valuable to students who need to reach a sound understanding of Bentham's ideas, serving as a clear and concise introduction to his philosophy, but also form an original contribution to Bentham studies more generally. It is the ideal companion for the study of this most influential and challenging of thinkers. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

About Author

Philip Schofield is Professor of the History of Legal and Political Thought at University College London, UK. He is Director of the Bentham Project and General Editor of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham.


1. Who was Jeremy Bentham?; 2. Which Bentham?; 3. The Principle of Utility; 4. Panopticon; 5. Political Fallacies; 6. Religion and Sex; 7. Torture; Further Reading; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826495907
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780826495907
  • ISBN10: 0826495907

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