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By Xiaobo Zhai, Michael Quinn

This assortment represents the newest examine from top students whose paintings has helped to border our knowing of Bentham because the e-book of H. L. A. Hart's Essays on Bentham. The authors discover primary components of Bentham's concept, together with the connection among the guideline of legislation and public opinion; legislations and well known prejudices or manipulated tastes; Bentham's technique as opposed to Hart's; sovereignty and codification; and the language of average rights. Drawing on unique manuscripts and volumes within the gathered Works of Jeremy Bentham, the chapters mix philosophical and ancient techniques and provide new and extra devoted interpretations of Bentham's felony philosophy and its improvement. As a coherent complete, the ebook demanding situations the dominant understandings of Bentham between criminal philosophers and rescues him from a few well-known mischaracterizations.

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London: Heinemann, 1926) i. 292–3 (IV: 715D). ’ R. Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (written in the 1590s, Bk. VIII first published in 1648), ed. S. McGrade (Cambridge University Press, 1989), 147 (Bk. VIII, Ch. 3. § 3). 24 gerald j. postema power (as well as ordinary members of the polity), or offer normative guidance to those who fall within their scope, but in addition that those who fall within its scope are subject to the law. And with this thought, our problem returns: for the bridle directs the horse only when it is in the hands of the rider.

28 gerald j. postema a norm to which one thereby is subject. But to be subject to a norm, as we have seen, is to be accountable to another. An unaccountable accountability-holder is not something to be feared; it is strictly impossible. It appears, then, that Hobbes’s Thesis leads us either to one absurdity (an infinite series of accountability relationships) or to another (an unaccountable accountability-holder). But it need not. For we are forced to these absurd results only if we accept Hobbes’s implicit Hierarchy Thesis, the view that to be subject to another party is to be subordinate to that other party, and hence, that accountability relationships are necessarily transitive and non-reflexive.

414–97 (Chs. 26–8), 520–53 (Ch. 30). So too were Hans Feizi and the Legalist tradition of Chinese legal theory: see Peerenboom, China’s Long March, 32–3; K. Winston, ‘The Internal Morality of Chinese Legalism’, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (2005), 313–47. Neither embraced the rule of law. D. Hume, The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 (first published 1754–63), 6 vols. (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1983), ii. 143. Justinian’s Institutes, trans.

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