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Jurisprudence


Gerald J. Postema


University of North Carolina - Philosophy and Law


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UTILITARIANISM, James E. Crimmins, ed., New York: Continuum International Publishers, Forthcoming
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1785400

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This essay offers a brief history of philosophical jurisprudence in the utilitarian tradition, broadly construed. Starting from its headwaters in Epicurean understanding of justice, this story summarizes contributions to the philosophy of law of Aquinas and Marsilius of Padua, Hobbes and Hume, Bentham and Austin, Holmes, Salmond and Hart. Bentham emerges as the pivotal figure giving utilitarian jurisprudence its distinctive, positivist modern form. The philosophical ambitions and the breadth of intellectual vision of Bentham’s thought stands as a challenge to contemporary work in the field.

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Keywords: Positivism, Bentham. Hart, Epicurean, utilitarian

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Date posted: March 16, 2011  

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Postema, Gerald J., Jurisprudence. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UTILITARIANISM, James E. Crimmins, ed., New York: Continuum International Publishers, Forthcoming; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1785400. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1785400

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University of North Carolina - Philosophy and Law ( email )
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
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