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The Legal Philosophy and Influence of Jeremy Bentham Essays on 'Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence'

by Guillaume (Sciences Po, France) Tusseau

Part of the Routledge Research in Constitutional Law Series

The Legal Philosophy and Influence of Jeremy Bentham Essays on 'Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence' Synopsis

Gathering together an impressive array of legal scholars from around the world, this book features essays on Jeremy Bentham's major legal theoretical treatise, Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, reassessing Bentham's theories of law as well as his impact on jurisprudence. While offering a suggestive picture of contemporary Bentham studies, the book provides a thorough examination of concepts such as legal discourse, legal norms, legal system, and subjective legal positions. The book compares Bentham's approach with other landmark theories and the works of major legal philosophers including Austin, Hart and Kelsen, and explores Bentham's treatise through major trends in contemporary legal thought, such as the imperative theory of law, deontic logic, Scandinavian and American legal realisms, the pure theory of law, and critical legal thought. Resisting any apologetic stance, the book elucidates how consistent with Bentham's all-encompassing project of utilitarian reform `Limits' turns out to be, and how this sheds light on contemporary modes of governance. The book will be great use and interest to scholars and students of contemporary jurisprudence, legal theory, 19th century philosophy, and public law.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138020573
Publication date: 17th June 2014
Author: Guillaume (Sciences Po, France) Tusseau
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 422 pages
Categories: Jurisprudence & philosophy of law, Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900,

About Guillaume (Sciences Po, France) Tusseau

Guillaume Tusseau is Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po Law School, and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. His main fields of interest are legal theory, constitutional law and comparative law.

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