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      Bentham, Rights and Humanity: A Fight in Three Rounds

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      Journal of Bentham Studies
      UCL Press

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          Abstract

          Utilitarianism, especially in the classical form advocated by Jeremy Bentham, is frequently and fiercely attacked for its inability to acknowledge and guarantee rights. Whether the example proffered is the punishment of the innocent, torture, murder or any other repugnant act, the accusation remains the same: Jeremy Bentham does not respect rights. Bentham himself would have assented to this statement – and with enthusiasm. Nonsense Upon Stilts, his response to the 1789 French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen(the Declaration), is a devastating philosophical and political critique of the concept of natural rights. Indeed, Bentham’s destruction of the natural foundations of rights was so thorough that no one has managed to restore them.

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          Journal
          jbs
          jbs
          Journal of Bentham Studies
          JBS
          UCL Press
          2045-757X
          1 January 2003
          : 6
          : 1
          : 1-18
          Affiliations
          [1 ] College of Law, Australian National University, Australia
          Article
          10.14324/111.2045-757X.019
          5ac26f75-5de8-4224-a143-169837eb748f
          Copyright © 2003 The Author(s)
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          Pages: 29
          Categories
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          Philosophers,General philosophy,Philosophy
          Philosophers, General philosophy, Philosophy

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