A reading of Bentham’s “Historical Preface to A Fragment on Government – Intended for the second edition.”

Revue D’Études Benthamiennes 13 (2014)
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The present note is part of a commentary on the first six chapters of the Historical Preface – the preface intended by Bentham for the second edition of A Fragment on Government As Sir John Bowring, the executor of Jeremy Bentham’s work, testifies, « This preface was first printed in 1828, during Mr. Bentham’s lifetime. ». On this, as on other occasions, Bentham employs the literary convention of the preface to demo...

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