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  Jeremy Bentham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bentham is frequently associated with the foundation of the University of London, specifically University College London (UCL), though in fact he was 78 years old when UCL opened in 1826, and played no active part in its establishment.
Bentham strongly believed that education should be more widely available, particularly to those who were not wealthy or who did not belong to the established church, both of which were required of students by Oxford and Cambridge.
Bentham disagreed with Blackstone's defence of judge-made law, his defence of legal fictions, his theological formulation of the doctrine of mixed government, his appeal to a social contract and his use of the vocabulary of natural law.
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 Jeremy Bentham [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Bentham is primarily known today for his moral philosophy, especially his principle of utilitarianism which evaluates actions based upon their consequences, in particular the overall happiness created for everyone affected by the action.
Bentham admits that his version of the principle of utility is something that does not admit of direct proof, but he notes that this is not a problem as some explanatory principles do not admit of any such proof and all explanation must start somewhere.
Bentham also suggests that individuals would reasonably seek the general happiness simply because the interests of others are inextricably bound up with their own, though he recognized that this is something that is easy for individuals to ignore.
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Bentham's method may be shortly described as the method of detail; of treating wholes by separating them into their parts, abstractions by resolving them into Things, classes and generalities by distinguishing them into the individuals of which they are made up; and breaking every question into pieces before attempting to solve it.
Bentham shall speak for himself on this subject: the passage is from his first systematic work, 'Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation', and we could scarcely quote anything more strongly exemplifying both the strength and weakness of his mode of philosophizing.
Bentham's charge is true to the fullest extent; all writing which undertakes to make men feel truths as well as see them, does take up one point at a time, does seek to impress that, to drive that home, to make it sink into and colour the whole mind of the reader or hearer.
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Bentham about the Complete Code of Laws he had submitted to the Legislature, stated his (Bentham) proposal was met with disapproval by the older members because it "rendered the law more clear and explicit, and thus diminishing the profits which are at present derived from its uncertainty and obscurity." (Conway, 1989:274) Mr.
Bentham believed that this type of penal system would be self-disciplining where the prison controlled the thoughts and actions of the prisoner who would be reluctant to deviate from the accepted norms fearing punishment in the form of physical hardship as was characteristic of the times.
Bentham, J. A fragment on government; 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 give a critique of the work at large.
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 Jeremy Bentham
In 1768 that Bentham came across a political tract by Joseph Priestley in which the the phrase "the greatest happiness for the greatest number" was invoked.
Bentham's defense of usury (1787) is a direct attack on Adam Smith's recommendation of legal limits on the rate of interest.
Bentham was a great friend of James Mill and was the mentor of the latter's son, John Stuart Mill.
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 Jeremy Bentham
One of Bentham's patrons was the Earl of Shelburne.
Bentham was an outspoken critic of the government of Lord Liverpool and its failure to address the 'Condition of England Question' in the 18-teens.
Bentham's ideas had great influence on the reforms of the latter part of the 19th century in the administrative machinery of the British government, on criminal law, and on procedure in both criminal and civil law.
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 Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Impact--jk
Bentham is considered UCL's spiritual father: many of the university's founders held him in high esteem and, when UCL was founded in 1826, it embodied many of his ideas on education and society.
Bentham strongly believed that education should be made more widely available, and not only to those who were wealthy and members of the established church, as was the case at the traditional universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Bentham had originally intended that his head should be part of the Auto-Icon, and for ten years before his death (so runs another story) carried around in his pocket the glass eyes which were to adorn it.
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 Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).
A number of years were to pass before Jeremy Bentham came to the attention of the juridic thinkers of the time (it was to be 1808 before Bentham was to meet James Mill).
Bentham was thought to be more European in his views than English, but in time "a knot of able thinkers gathered round him."4 These included James Mill (the father of John Stuart Mill) and David Ricardo.
Bentham is to be compared to William Godwin: they resembled one another in their "blind contempt for the past." While each preached the need for nonviolent revolution, each had a different following.
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 Jeremy Bentham, 1748-1832
The English Utilitarian and leader of the Philosophical Radicals, Jeremy Bentham, was born in Houndsditch, in London.
Bentham held that laws should be socially useful and not merely reflect the status quo: that men inevitably pursue pleasure and avoid pain; that desires may be broadly classified into self- and other-regarding and that the function of law is to award punishment and rewards to maintain a just balance between them.
Bentham early attracted the friendship of Lord Shelbourne, traveled on the continent including Russia (1785-1788), met James Mill in 1808 and founded the politically and philosophically radical sect of the Benthamites.
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 Bentham Pottery - Pots and pottery courses in North Yorkshire Dales.
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Bentham's primary purpose was not the construction of theories or the establishment of abstract principles.
Bentham attacked the Established Church as a factor in the general system of abuse, and from the Church he passed, characteristically, to the Catechism, then to the New Testament, and finally to Religion itself.
True to this same principle in ethics, Bentham maintained happiness to be the sole end of conduct; pleasure and pain, the discriminating norm of right and wrong; and he reduced moral obligation to the mere sanction inherent in the pleasant or painful results of action.
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 God and the English Utilitarians
Bentham's solution to this problem lay in his idea that happiness is good because men seek it and it is man's nature to do so.
Bentham declared as much in the famous first sentence of his Introduction to the Principles of Moral Legislation (1789): "Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure." Bentham simply declared that what is is right because it is natural.
Bentham was a practical man and cared more about the practical applications than the intellectual or ethical foundations of his system.
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 Jeremy Bentham
A brilliant scholar, Bentham entered Queen's College, Oxford at twelve and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn at the age of fifteen.
Bentham's family had been Tories and for the first period of his life he shared their conservative political views.
Bentham pointed out they should be continually reminded that they are the "servants, not the masters, of the public".
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 Bentham and Coleridge: Seminal Minds
To Bentham it was given to discern more particularly those truths with which existing doctrines and institutions were at variance; to Coleridge, the neglected truths which lay in them" ("Bentham," 214).
Bentham judged a proposition true or false as it accorded or not with the result of his own inquiries; and did not search very curiously into what might be meant by the proposition, when it obviously did not mean what he thought true.
And as Bentham's short and easy method of referring all to the selfish interests of aristocracies, or priests, or lawyers, or some other species of impostors, could not satisfy a man who saw so much farther into the complexities of the human intellect and feelings.
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 Bentham, Jeremy. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Educated at Oxford, he was trained as a lawyer and was admitted to the bar, but he never practiced; he devoted himself to the scientific analysis of morals and legislation.
Bentham’s contribution to theoretical ethics has had less lasting effect than his thorough application of utilitarian principles to economics, jurisprudence, and politics.
The 19th-century reforms of criminal law, of judicial organization, and of the parliamentary electorate owe much to the influence of Bentham and his disciples.
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 Amazon.com: The Principles of Morals and Legislation (Great Books in Philosophy): Books: Jeremy Bentham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Bentham suggests that "principle is something that points out some external consideration, as a means of warranting and guiding the internal sentiments of approbation and disapprobation"(75).
Bentham's open acknowledgement that asceticism violates the nature laws of human government, and cannot be fully pursued, illustrates the ties between the Catholicism and enlightened despotism.
Bentham states that, "though many persons of this class have wielded the reins (sic) of empire, we read of none who have set themselves to work, and made laws of purpose"(73).
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 Jeremy Bentham
Bentham verweist auf vier Quellen von Freude und Schmerz und skizziert einen hedonistischen Kalkül bzw.
Bentham sah in seinem Ansatz eine rationale, praktische Orientierungshilfe in Gestalt des hedonistischen Kalküls.
In der Philosophie wirkte Benthams Utilitarismus insbesondere auf die Philosophie von Mill, Sidgwick und James.
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 Jeremy Bentham, Biography: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: Library of Economics and Liberty
British economist Jeremy Bentham is most often associated with his theory of utilitarianism.
A guiding principle of Bentham's schemes was that incentives should be designed "to make it each man's interest to observe on every occasion that conduct which it is his duty to observe." Interestingly, Bentham's thinking led him to the conclusion, one he shared with Smith, that professors should not be salaried.
His publications were few, but Bentham influenced many during his lifetime and lived to see some of his political reforms enacted shortly before his death in London at the age of eighty-four.
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 Benthan & Vaihinger
Jeremy Bentham formulated his very important "Theory of Fictions," which was compiled and edited into the book Bentham's Theory of Fictions by C.K. Ogden.
They are, in fact, the first 'operational' recipes for the construction of concepts and anticipate in some instances the 'operational definitions' of Percy Bridgman (1936) and consequently the operational analyses of Jean Piaget and the operational semantics of Silvio Ceccato (1964-66).
The term "mental illness" is an example of "Slavespeak." So-called "mental illness" is a fiction in the classical sense described by both Bentham and Vaihinger.
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 Philosophical Dictionary: Beauty-Blanshard
} Bentham outlined an ethical system based on a purely hedonistic calculation of the utility particular actions with a view to the greatest happiness of all, a view later to be defended in modified form by Mill and others.
Bentham supposed that consistent application of this principle in social and political life would resolve many difficulties in human conduct, using proportional but perfectly certain punishment to render unacceptably painful to the prospective criminal any behavior that would otherwise be likely to cause injury to others.
Bentham's unusual bequest still remains at University College, London.
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 Bentham Grammar School Association
Since 2002 an association of former BGS staff known as Bentham Grammar School Association has been formed.
Through its efforts and with the co-operation of the new Sedbergh Junior School, a Bentham Grammar School Archive and Museum has been set up in the ‘old staffroom’ (above the Assembly Hall).
The Archive is maintained by the BGS Association through former staff J.S.Warbrick, W.Stockdale and R.M.Chalmers who may be contacted by e-mail at rmcipd@globalnet.co.uk if difficulty arranging an appointment to visit is experienced.
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 UCL Bentham Project
We are the world centre for Bentham Studies and our main activity is the production of the new edition of Bentham's collected works.
Bentham brought up to date: his 1829 portrait by Pickersgill appears on the screen of a laptop placed within a detail of the portrait itself.
Bentham Project entries in the UCL Research Images as Art competition
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, c 10 MAR 1684, Bentham, Yorkshire, ENG.
, b 9 JUN 1686, Bentham, Yorkshire, ENG.
Her name has also been given as Mary Ash, but it is likely a mistake.
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 Jeremy's Labyrinth
These web pages were begun in honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the philosopher, legal theorist and reformer, and political radical Jeremy Bentham (born 15 February, 1748).
We present here an hyper-text made up out of portions of Bentham's work, together with lectures, commentary, notes, essays, on Bentham.
The Bentham Project Home page for the project to publish Bentham's collected works.
www.la.utexas.edu /research/poltheory/bentham/index.html   (252 words)

 Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Bentham's
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 Intro & TOC, ``Bentham'', J.S. Mill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
I have split Mill's essay ``Bentham'' up into five sections, following the indications of sectioning in the original, viz.
Section 3 [Critique of Bentham's Theory of Life]
Section 4 [Bentham's Philosophy of Law, Government, and Utility]
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 UCL Bentham Project
This web site gives information on Jeremy Bentham and about the work of the Bentham Project.
The Bentham Newsletter 1978-1988 is now available online
Bentham Project - Faculty of Laws - University College London - Bentham House - Endsleigh Gardens - London WC1H 0EG -
www.ucl.ac.uk /Bentham-Project/index.htm   (202 words)

 Amazon.com: bentham   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
See more references to bentham in this book.
The Works of Jeremy Bentham: Published under the Superintendence of His Executor, John Bowring.
Bentham: A Fragment on Government (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Jeremy Bentham, Ross Harrison, Raymond Geuss, and Quentin Skinner (Paperback - Oct 28, 1988)
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 Tilley Hats, Brasher boots, BioFlow, Walking and Custom Clothing - Bentham Sports
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 Douglas Wayne Bentham Online
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