Globalizing Jeremy Bentham

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Title: Globalizing Jeremy Bentham
Author: Armitage, David R.
Citation: Armitage, David R. 2011. Globalizing Jeremy Bentham. History of Political Thought 32(1): 63-82.
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Abstract: Jeremy Bentham's career as a writer spanned almost seventy years, from the Seven Years' War to the early 1830s, a period contemporaries called an age of revolutions and more recent historians have seen as a world crisis. This article traces Bentham's developing universalism in the context of international conflict across his lifetime and in relation to his attempts to create a 'Universal Jurisprudence'. That ambition went unachieved and his successors turned his conception of international law in a more particularist direction. Going back behind Bentham's legacies to his own writings, both published and unpublished, reveals a thinker responsive to specific events but also committed to a universalist vision that helped to make him a precociously global figure in the history of political thought.
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