Publisher description for A fragment on government / Jeremy Bentham.


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Counter This volume makes available one of the central texts in the development of utilitarian tradition, in the authoritative 1977 edition prepared by Professors Burns and Hart as part of Bentham's Collected Works. Certain that history was on his side, Bentham sought to rid the world of the hideous mess wrought by legal obfuscation and confusion, and to transform politics into a rational, scientific activity, premised on the fundamental axiom that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong."

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Utilitarianism, Blackstone, William, Sir, 1723-1780, Commentaries on the laws of England, Law Philosophy, Political science