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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

A Fragment on Government; Or, a Comment on the Commentaries:...

Being an examination of what is delivered on the subject of government in general, in the introduction to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries: with a preface, in which is given a critique on the work at large. Second edition, enlarged.

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Published: London W. Pickering and E. Wilson, 1823

Stock Code: 101364

£225
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Notes

Second edition, originally published in 1776, and described as "Bentham's first work of any importance" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Work, p. 35); "though the word 'enlarged' was used in the title, the addition of substance was a long footnote to Ch. I, pp. 45-48 only" (Chuo). The work is in the form of a commentary on Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, and constitutes Bentham's most single-minded criticism of the social contract theory, which had characterized English political theory since Locke. Instead of the idea of the social contract, which fiction, Bentham says, has been little needed by those practising just rebellion, he urges the Principle of Utility as the sole basis for assessing justice and policy.

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Description

Octavo (227 x 135 mm). Publisher's blue boards, grey paper spine, printed paper label.

Condition

Front joint cracked but very firm; an excellent copy.

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