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José del Valle: a Benthamite in Central America

Gómez, Alejandro; (2014) José del Valle: a Benthamite in Central America. Journal of Bentham Studies , 16 -36. 10.14324/111.2045-757X.003. Gold open access


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This paper examines the relationship between Jeremy Bentham and José Cecilio del Valle, one of the most important leaders of Central America’s independence process. Since this relationship has received little attention from those studying the links between Bentham and Spanish American politicians, with the exception of Miriam Williford, we consider that is very important to explore the influence of the utilitarian philosophy in Central America. With this purpose in mind, we will examine the ideas expressed in some of Valle´s writings and government projects throughout his political career dated between 1810 and 1834 in Guatemala.

Type: Article
Title: José del Valle: a Benthamite in Central America
Open access status: An open access publication
DOI: 10.14324/111.2045-757X.003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/111.2045-757X.003
Language: English
Additional information: © Alejandro Gómez. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Under the terms of this licence, you are allowed to copy and distribute this work, but must give the original author credit. You not use this work for commercial purposes, nor alter or transform this work, without prior permission from the author. To view a full copy of this licence, visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View.
Keywords: José Cecilio del Valle, Jeremy Bentham, Utilitarianism, Guatemala, Spanish America, South America
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1419011
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