Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 May 2019

550 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198793052

Bookseller Code (06)


Bentham and the Common Law Tradition

Second Edition

Gerald Postema

Clarendon Law Series

  • One of the classic treatises on the historical roots of contemporary Anglo-American legal philosophy
  • An ideal introduction to Bentham's theory of law and its relationship to his foundational utilitarian convictions
  • Widely referred to by legal philosophers for its 'revisionist' interpretation of Bentham's legacy

New to this Edition:

  • Includes a postscript to the first edition that builds upon and expands Postema's revisionist stance
  • Draws upon new source material taken from the Bentham Project, an initiative to revaluate and catalogue Bentham's papers
  • Offers new insights on the radical nature of Bentham's jurisprudential methodology