Author Blamires, Cyprian
Title The French Revolution and the creation of Benthamism [electronic resource] / Cyprian Blamires
Imprint Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
book jacket
Descript xii, 442 p
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-424) and index
Utilitarianism and Panopticism : the umbilical cord -- Panopticon dominates Bentham's existence -- The creator of the Bentham brand : (1) Dumont the Genevan -- The creator of the Bentham brand : (2) Dumont in the French Revolution -- The creator of the Bentham brand : (3) first steps in marketing -- Dumont's goodbye to revolution, 1791-1793 -- Theoryof legislation (1) : the gestation of theTrait©Øes, 1793-1802 -- Theory of legislation (2) : the message of the Trait©Øes -- The impact of theTrait©Øes : Benthamism goes global
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The prevailing view of the English reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) is that he was essentially a moral philosopher and jurist with a penchant for indulging in occasional extravagant and rather mysterious practical projects such as the Panopticon. This book argues that such a view represents a misunderstanding based to a considerable extent on the one-sided view of Bentham presented by his greatest promoter, Etienne Dumont (1759-1829). Dumont's abstracts of Bentham manuscripts publishedin French in 1802 had a huge influence in the English-speaking world through the translation of partof them under the title Theory of Legislation - the classic presentation of Benthamism. Dumont's ownparticular agenda, forged in his traumatic experience of the French Revolution, prevented him however from taking an interest in the ₁other₂ Bentham presented here for the first time: the entrepreneurial figure who sought in Panopticon to embody, not the Orwellian nightmare of state intrusiveness so often assumed, but the cherished modern values of transparency, accountability and economyin public institutions
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Link Original 0230554229 9780230554221 (DLC) 2008016138 (OCoLC)224444378
Subject Political science -- France -- History -- 18th century
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence
Political scientists -- France
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