Dr Schofield's editorial work is exemplary, and greatly assists the reader. The editor's labours and scholarship are much to our profit. These writings add significantly to our knowledge of Bentham ... the paperback reissue of the definitive text of the Collected Works
edition is very welcome. (Peter Nicholson, University of York, Political Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1, March '97
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From the Publisher
The new critical edition of the works and correspondence of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) is being prepared and published under the supervision of the Bentham Committee of University College London. Despite his importance as jurist, philosopher, 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. Eight volumes of the new Collected Works (five of correspondence and three of writings on jurisprudence) were published between 1968 and 1981 by the Athlone Press. A further six volumes of correspondence and eleven other works have been published by Oxford University Press since 1983. Work is currently being undertaken on further volumes of correspondence, and writings on political reform at the time of the French Revolution, on the Poor Laws, on Language and Logic, and on Evidence and Judicial Procedure. The overall plan and principles of the edition are set out in the General Preface to The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, volume 1. It is now estimated that the edition will run to some sixty or so volumes.
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