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Jeremy Bentham and Australia: Convicts, utility and empire

Causer, Timothy and Finn, Margot and Schofield, Philip (Eds). (2022) Jeremy Bentham and Australia: Convicts, utility and empire. [Book]. UCLPress: London, UK. Green open access

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Jeremy Bentham and Australia is a collection of scholarship inspired by Bentham’s writings on Australia. These writings are available for the first time in authoritative form in Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia, a volume in The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham published by UCL Press. In the present collection, a distinguished group of authors reflect on Bentham’s Australian writings, making original contributions to existing debates and setting agendas for future ones. In the first part of the collection, the works are placed in their historical contexts, while the second part provides a critical assessment of the historical accuracy and plausibility of Bentham’s arguments against transportation from the British Isles. In the third part, attention turns to Bentham’s claim that New South Wales had been illegally founded and to the imperial and colonial constitutional ramifications of that claim. Here, authors also discuss Bentham’s work of 1831 in which he supports the establishment of a free colony on the southern coast of Australia. In the final part, authors shed light on the history of Bentham’s panopticon penitentiary scheme, his views on the punishment and reform of criminals and what role, if any, religion had to play in that regard, and discuss apparently panopticon-inspired institutions built in the Australian colonies. This collection will appeal to readers interested in Bentham’s life and thought, the history of transportation from the British Isles, and of British penal policy more generally, colonial and imperial history, Indigenous history, legal and constitutional history, and religious history.

Type: Book
Title: Jeremy Bentham and Australia: Convicts, utility and empire
ISBN-13: 978-1-78735-818-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787358188
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Contributors, 2022 Collection © Editors, 2022 The authors have asserted their rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the authors of this work. 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 thirdparty 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-CommercialShare-Alike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), https://creativecommons. org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same licence as the original. Attribution should include the following information: Causer, T., Finn, M. and Schofield, P. 2022. Jeremy Bentham and Australia: Convicts, utility and empire. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787358188 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Bentham, philosophy, Australia, law, history
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/10147289
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