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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

A Table of the Springs of Action: shewing The several Species of Pleasures and Pains, of which Man's Nature is susceptible:...

together with the several Species of Interests, Desires, and Motives, respectively corresponding to them: and the several Sets of Appellatives, Neutral, Eulogistic and Dyslogistic, by which each Species of Motive is wont to be designated: To which are added explanatory notes and observations...

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Published: London R. Hunter, 1817

Stock Code: 101526

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Notes

First published edition. "In 1815 Bentham printed, but did not publish, a large folding Table of the Springs of Action Shewing the Several Species of Pleasures and Pains of which Man's Nature is Susceptible:... to which are added thirty-two pages of Explanatory Notes and Observations. The table is amusing but unnecessarily exhaustive and the dyslogistic motives easily outnumber the better. Under the Pleasures and Pains of the Palate he distinguishes gluttony, gulosity, voracity, voraciousness, greediness, ravenousness; under the heading of Amity we get servility, slavishness, obsequiousness, cringingness, abjectness, meanness, sycophantism, and toad-eating. Two years later in 1817 the pamphlet was published with a cancel title-page... and a leaf of contents." (Muirhead).
This analysis of the various pains and pleasures that constitute motives to action amplifies the principle of psychological hedonism which plays a central role in Bentham's thought. The "method of detail" that Mill associated with Bentham is seen to its full extent in this taxonomy.

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Description

Octavo (220 x 136 mm). Recent quarter calf and plain boards, spine lettered gilt.

Illustrations

Large folding table.

Condition

Short tear to folding table and a little light spotting; a very good, uncut copy.

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