This website gives information on Jeremy Bentham and about the work of the Bentham Project. We are the world centre for Bentham Studies and our main activity is the production of the new edition of Bentham's Collected Works. We are part of UCL's Faculty of Laws.
News and Events
- Professor Philip Schofield recently gave the J. H. Burns Memorial Lecture at the University of St Andrews on 'Jeremy Bentham on Truth and Utility'. You can listen here.
- The 14th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, on the theme of 'Utilitarianism and Institutional Design', will take place at Lille Catholic University on 6-8 July 2016. You can visit the conference website, and download the call for papers (the deadline for submission is 30 January 2016).
- The Bentham Project has been awarded a grant of nearly £500,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for a new project entitled 'Convict Australia and Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham's Writings on Australia'.
- Professor Philip Schofield's essay, 'Jeremy Bentham on Utility and Truth', has been published in volume 41 of the History of European Ideas.
- You can now buy your copy of Jeremy Bentham's Prison Cooking: A Collection of Utilitarian Recipes from UCL's Online Store. The cookbook is based on original Bentham manuscripts, and includes a foreword from Michelin-starred chef, Fergus Henderson.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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