Rights, Representation, and Reform: Nonsense Upon Stilts and Other Writings on the French Revolution

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - 486 pàgines
The French Revolution provided Bentham with what appeared to him to be an exciting opportunity to influence the reconstruction of the French state. Drawing on his knowledge of English political and constitutional practice, as well as the theoretical resources he had developed in his own work,he suggested imaginative and innovative measures to achieve the peaceful and constitutional reform in France. In discussing the nature of representation he produced the earliest utilitarian justification of political equality and representative democracy, even recommending women's suffrage.Moreover, he provided a major critique of the dominant constitutional theory of the division of power, including both the doctrine of the balance of powers and that of the separation of powers. Turning his attention to Britain, for a time he advocated measures of parlimentary reform, but becomingdisenchanted with the course of the Revolution he produced the celebrated 'Nonsense upon Stilts' (hitherto known as 'Anarchical Fallacies'), the most devastating attack on the theory of natural rights ever written, in which he argued that natural rights provided an unsuitable basis for stable legaland political arrangements. All the essays published in this volume, with the exception of Emancipate your Colonies!, an important early critique of colony-holding, are based on the original manuscript sources, many of which have not been previously published in any form.
 

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SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS
xv
NECESSITY OF AN OMNIPOTENT
xix
Lettre dun Anglois à M le C de M sur lobjet soumis
3
Conduite des États
27
Plan de marche pour la conduite des affaires
44
CONSIDÉRATIONS DUN ANGLOIS SUR
63
Termes capitaux servant de points de ralliement aux principes
67
REPONSES
80
Art 10
358
Art 11
361
Art 12
364
Art 13
366
Art 14
369
Art 15
371
Art 16
372
Art 17
374

OBSERVATIONS DUN ANGLOIS SUR
147
OBSERVATIONS SUR RÉSULTAT
167
OBSERVATIONS ON THE DRAUGHTS
177
Observations on the Report of the Committee in which
179
SHORT VIEWS OF ECONOMY FOR THE
193
Appropriation
208
RetrenchmentPensions on RetreatDonations
219
National Assembly and King
229
OBSERVATIONS
237
Introduction and Heads
265
Best mode of ridding the nation of the grievance
285
Jeremy Bentham to the National Convention
291
JunE 1829
314
Art 4
338
Art 5
341
Art 6
343
Art 7
349
Art 8
353
Art 9
356
DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE MAN AND THE CITIZEN A0 1795
376
Art 2
378
Art 4
379
Art 5
380
Art 2
381
Art 4
383
Art 5
384
Art 7
385
Art 8
387
OBSERVATIONS ON THE DECLARATION OF RIGHTS AS PROPOSED BY CITIZEN SIEYÈS
389
Art 2
390
On the Use and Abuse of the word right
398
Division of Power
405
Of the influence of
419
Parliamentary Reform
428
COLLATION
435
INDEX OF NAMES
479
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Sobre l'autor (2002)

Catherine Pease-Watkin and Philip P Schofield are both at University College London.

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