Bentham, Jeremy

Often regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism , Bentham is best known for his texts on legal philosophy, and his programmes of social (especially penal) reform. He was a leading figure of classical criminology , which attempted to make the legal system more rational, and devised the panopticon-a design for the organization and architecture of prisons which facilitated maximum surveillance and control of inmates.

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  • Bentham, Jeremy — born Feb. 15, 1748, London, Eng. died June 6, 1832, London British moral philosopher and legal theorist, the earliest expounder of utilitarianism. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his An Introduction to the Principles… …   Universalium

  • Bentham, Jeremy — (1748–1832) English philosopher of law, language, and ethics. Born in London, Bentham was educated at Oxford, and studied law, for which he developed a profound mistrust. His major preoccupation became the flimsy theoretical foundations of law… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Bentham,Jeremy — Ben·tham (bĕnʹthəm), Jeremy. 1748 1832. British writer, reformer, and philosopher whose systematic analysis of law and legislation laid the foundations of utilitarianism. * * * …   Universalium

  • Bentham, Jeremy — See Utilitarians ( …   History of philosophy

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  • BENTHAM, JEREMY —    a writer on jurisprudence and ethics, born in London; bred to the legal profession, but never practised it; spent his life in the study of the theory of law and government, his leading principle on both these subjects being utilitarianism, or… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • BENTHAM, Jeremy — (1748 1832)    English philosopher, political theorist and founder of UTILITARIANISM. His work The Handbook of Political Fallacies is a classic of common sense …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • Bentham, Jeremy — (1748 1832)    English writer on jurisprudence and ethics.    Index: Sy An associate of Sydenham s, 13.    Bib.: Works, ed. by Bowring and Burton, 1843. For biog., see Dict. Nat. Biog …   The makers of Canada

  • Bentham, Jeremy — (1748 1832)    Writer on jurisprudence and politics, b. in London, s. of a prosperous attorney, ed. at Westminster and Oxford, was called to the Bar at Lincoln s Inn, but disliking the law, he made little or no effort to practise, but devoted… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

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