Enlightenment and Utility: Bentham in French, Bentham in by Emmanuelle de Champs

By Emmanuelle de Champs

Jeremy Bentham, the founding father of classical utilitarianism, used to be a seminal determine within the background of recent political inspiration. This vigorous monograph offers the various French connections of an emblematic British philosopher. possibly greater than the other highbrow of his time, Bentham engaged with modern occasions and other people in France, even writing in French within the 1780s. putting Bentham's notion within the context of the French-language Enlightenment via to the post-Revolutionary period, Emmanuelle de Champs makes the case for a historic learn of 'Global Bentham'. reading formerly unpublished resources, she lines the movement of Bentham's letters, pals, manuscripts, and books within the French-speaking global. This learn in transnational highbrow historical past unearths how utilitarianism, as a doctrine, used to be either the manufactured from, and a contribution to, French-language political idea at a key time in ecu heritage. The debates surrounding utilitarianism in France forged new gentle at the making of contemporary Liberalism.

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