The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham - Vol. 10

The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham - Vol. 10

The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham - Vol. 10

The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham - Vol. 10

Synopsis

This is the tenth volume of the Correspondence produced in the new edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. The great majority of the letters have never before been published. They illustrate the composition, editing, publication, and reception of several of his works. The volumereveals Bentham's attempts to influence developments in France, the USA, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and South America. Despite Bentham's importance as jurist, philosopher, and social scientist, and leader of the Utilitarian reformers, the only previous edition of his works was a poorly edited and incomplete one brought out within a decade or so of his death. This new critical edition of his works and correspondenceis being prepared by the Bentham Committee of University College London.

Excerpt

The Bentham Committee and the editor gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance which enabled this volume to be prepared for publication. Work commenced under a grant given by the Leverhulme Trust, and the volume was brought to completion thanks to funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the John Ellerman Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust, and University College London.

The Committee and editor wish also to thank the owners and custodians of the manuscripts printed on the pages that follow: without their co-operation an undertaking of this kind would be impossible. in particular we are indebted to Professor L. R. G. Agnew; Mr G. F. Bartle; Mr D. R. Bentham; the British Library Board; the Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire, Geneva; the Syndics of Cambridge University Library; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the Houghton Library, Harvard University; Kentucky University Library; King's College Library, Cambridge; the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Library of University College London.

Editorial work, perhaps even more than other forms of scholarship, is a collaborative endeavour. the editor has been fortunate to work with colleagues and friends who have assisted, advised, and encouraged him--and saved him from many errors. the preliminary labours of Claire Daunton (née Gobbi), Michael Harris, Martin Smith, and Pedro Schwartz were of inestimable value. the rough transcripts they prepared provided the essential core of this volume. Cyprian Blamires, Jane Haville, and Janet Semple helped to check transcriptions, transcribed newly discovered letters, and collected much of the material for the footnotes. Jeanette Boyd, Kate Barber, Evelyn Hannah, and Monica Lim helped to compile the final transcript. Assistance with proof-reading--that most soul-destroying of tasks-- was given by Michael Drolet, Catherine Fuller, Peter Griffin, Jonathan Harris, and Michael Quinn. Grateful thanks are also due to James Burns, Ian Christie, Andrew Lewis, Irena Nicol, Fred Rosen, Philip Schofield, and William Twining.

S.R.C.

University College London . . .

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