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News and Events
- Professor Peter Singer (Melbourne) writes for Project Syndicate on the modern-day relevance of Bentham's Book of Fallacies, in which Bentham identifies fifty fallacious arguments utilised by politicians. (The Book of Fallacies, edited by Professor Philip Schofield, is the latest volume in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, and was published by Oxford University Press earlier this year).
- Professor Emmanuelle de Champs' (Université de Cergy-Pontoise) new book, Enlightenment and Utility: Bentham in French, Bentham in France, has been published by Cambridge University Press as part of its 'Ideas in Context' series. Professor de Champs' presentation on this work to the Franco-British History seminar at the Sorbonne is available to download.
- Professor Xiaobo Zhai (University of Macau) will give a Bentham Seminar on Thursday 16 July 2015 at 5pm, entitled 'Bentham's Logic of the Will and his Command Theory'. All welcome!
- Dr Michael Quinn's chapter, 'Fuller on Legal Fictions: A Benthamic Perspective' forms part of the recently published Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice, edited by Maksymilian Del Mar and William Twining.
- The latest volume of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham has been published by Oxford University Press. The Book of Fallacies, edited by Professor Philip Schofield, sees Bentham identify and criticise almost fifty fallacious arguments employed by politicians in order to thwart measures of reform, and expose the sinister interests that lead to their employment. The work has a great deal of relevance to modern political debate.
- Bentham's A Plea for the Constitution - part of his attack on the practice of transporting convicts to New South Wales - is part of the British Library's major new Magna Carta exhibition. Read more in Dr Zoe Laidlaw's article on Magna Carta and the British Empire.
- The Japanese-language The Challenges of Jeremy Bentham, edited by Professor Yasunori Fukagai and Professor Michihiro Kaino, has been published by Nakanishiya Press.
- The Bentham Project has published online George Wheatley's A Visit (in 1831) to Jeremy Bentham, edited by Dr Kris Grint. Wheatley's text is the most detailed and intimate account we have of Bentham's home and domestic and working arrangements. Amusing and enlightening in equal measure, the Visit can also be downloaded as a PDF or in XML format from UCL Discovery.
- Professor Philip Schofield's chapter on Jeremy Bentham forms part of the recently published Constitutions and the Classics: Patterns of Constitutional Thought from Fortescue to Bentham, edited by Denis Galligan, and published by Oxford University Press.
- Dr Tim Causer has written about his trip last year to Norfolk Island, to talk about its convict past for an episode of Coast Australia, hosted by Neil Oliver. The episode was first broadcast on the History Channel in Australia and New Zealand on 16 February, and should be shown on BBC Two in the coming months.
- The Bentham Project has received a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of almost £300,000 to produce the authoritative edition of Jeremy Bentham's economic writings.
- Of Sexual Irregularities, and Other Writings on Sexual Morality, the latest volume in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, has been published by Oxford University Press. Two responses by members of the Bentham Project to a recent review of the work in The Guardian are available on our blog. A preliminary version of a closely-related work, Not Paul, but Jesus Vol. III, is available to download as a free open-access text.
- Professor Philip Schofield has written a guide to tranScriptorium, a European Union funded project investigating the application of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology to Bentham manuscripts.
- A new volume entitled Bentham's Theory of Law and Public Opinion, edited by Professor Xiaobo Zhai (UCL/Zhengzhou) and Dr Michael Quinn (UCL), has been published by Cambridge University Press. More information.
- Watch Escape from Australia: James Martin's Memorandoms, a video featuring Dr Tim Causer and based on the only first-hand account of perhaps the most famous escape by transported convicts from Australia. An interactive video is also available. Two versions of the narrative found in UCL's Bentham Papers have been published online by the Bentham Project.
- Recordings from the 2014 programme of Bentham Seminars can be listened to on the new Bentham Seminar Podcast.
See previous news and events in our archive.
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