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Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia

Schofield, Thomas and Causer, Tim (Eds). (2022) Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia. [Book]. Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The present edition of Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia consists of fragmentary comments headed ‘New Wales’, dating from 1791; a compilation of material sent to William Wilberforce in August 1802; three ‘Letters to Lord Pelham’ and ‘A Plea for the Constitution’, written in 1802–3; and ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, written in August 1831, the majority of which is published here for the first time. These writings, with the exception of ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, are intimately linked with Bentham’s panopticon penitentiary scheme, which he regarded as an immeasurably superior alternative to criminal transportation, the prison hulks, and English gaols in terms of its effectiveness in achieving the ends of punishment. He argued, moreover, that there was no adequate legal basis for the authority exercised by the Governor of New South Wales. In contrast to his opposition to New South Wales, Bentham later composed ‘Colonization Company Proposal’ in support of a scheme proposed by the National Colonization Society to establish a colony of free settlers in southern Australia. He advocated the ‘vicinity-maximizing principle’, whereby plots of land would be sold in an orderly fashion radiating from the main settlement, and suggested that, within a few years, the government of the colony should be transformed into a representative democracy.

Type: Book
Title: Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia
ISBN-13: 978-1-78735-936-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787359369
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787359369
Language: English
Additional information: Collection © Editors, 2022 Text © The Bentham Committee, UCL Any third-party material in this book is not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Causer, T. and Schofield, P. (eds). 2022. Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787359369 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: bentham, philosophy, panopticon, utilitarianism, Australia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144132
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