Publisher description for Rights, representation, and reform : Nonsense upon stilts and other writings on the French Revolution / edited by Philip Schofield, Catherine Pease-Watkin, and Cyprian Blamires.

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Bentham's writings for the French Revolution were dominated by the themes of rights, representation, and reform. In 'Nonsense upon Stilts' (hitherto known as 'Anarchical Fallacies'), the most devastating attack on the theory of natural rights ever written, he argued that natural rights provided an unsuitable basis for stable legal and political arrangements. In discussing the nature of representation he produced the earliest utilitarian justification of political equality and representative democracy, even recommending women's suffrage.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
France -- Politics and government -- 1789-
Constitutional law -- France.
France -- Politics and government -- 1789-1799.