The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham

Correspondence: Volume 8: January 1809 to December 1816
Editor(s): 
Conway, Stephen
Editor(s): 
Rosen, F.
ISBN: 
0198226152
Date published: 
May 1988
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00
Pages: 
626

This is the eighth volume of the Correspondence produced in the new edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Nearly three-quarters of the letters included in this eighth volume of Correspondence have not been previously published. During the years covered by this volume, Bentham's Panopticon penitentiary scheme was finally rejected by the government; and his efforts to secure its implementation, and then to gain adequate compen sation, form a major and recurring theme. But the letters do much more than complete the Panopticon saga. They give an insight into Bentham's relations with his editors and followers Etienne Dumont and James Mill, and provide information on the writing, editing, and in some cases, printing and publishing of works on law, politics, religion, and education. Just as important is the clear impression the correspondence gives of his contacts, especially with the legal and political reformers of the day. Prior to these new volumes, the only edition of Bentham's works was a poorly edited and incomplete one brought out within a decade or so of his death.

 

The letters in this volume cover the rejection of Bentham's Panoptican penitientiary scheme, as well as his efforts to secure its implementation and then to gain adequate compensation. Equally importantly, they provide information on the production of works on law, politics, religion, and education, and give an insight into Bentham's relations with his editors and followers, and with the legal and political reformers of the day.