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

Edited By

Guillaume Tusseau

ISBN 9781138020573
Published June 25, 2014 by Routledge
434 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Guillaume Tusseau  Part 1: A Manuscript’s Odyssey  1. Constructing the Text: Jeremy Bentham’s Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, Philip Schofield  Part 2: The Foundation of General Legal Theory (I): International looks at Limits  2. The Theory of the Legal Norm: Typology of Legal Beings, Rafael Hernández Marín  3. The Theory of the Legal order, Pierluigi Chiassoni  4. Bentham’s Deontic Logic, José Juan Moreso  5. An Old English Tale? Bentham’s Theory of The Force of a Law, Guillaume Tusseau  6. Of the Limits of the Civil Branch of Jurisprudence: Background, definitions and limits of Bentham’s discussion on civil law in Limits, Anne Brunon-Ernst  Part 3: The Foundation of General legal Theory(II): External looks at Limits  7. Bentham’s Limits and Austin, Michael Lobban  8. Bentham’s Command versus Hart’s Authoritative Reason. An Examination of the Principal Interpretations of Bentham’s Imperative Theory of Law in Hart’s ‘Commands and Authoritative Legal Reasons’, Xiaobo Zhai 9. Bentham’s Limits and Hohfeld, Andrew Halpin  10. A Commitment to Naturalism, Bentham and the Legal Realists, Francesca Poggi and Francesco Ferraro  11. Bentham and Kelsen, Michel van de Kerchove  12. Bentham’s "Limits", Deontic Logic, and the Formal Representation of a Normative System, Lars Lindahl  Part 4: Limits and the Architecture of Bentham’s Project  13. Of the Limits and the Theory of Legislation, David Lieberman, James W. and Isabel Coffroth 14. Limits and Indirect Legislation, Stephen Engelmann  15. Towards the Pannomion: Limits and Bentham's French Manuscripts, Emmanuelle de Champs  16. Reducing Limits of the Realm of Possibilities: Law, Action and Will in Jeremy Bentham’s Thought, Malik Bozzo-Rey  17. The Notion of Limit in Bentham's Theory of Fictions, Jean-Pierre Cléro 18. The Legislator’s Tormented Soul: Utility as Practical Reason in Bentham’s Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, Denis Baranger

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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.