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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: July 2011

8 - From Jeremy Bentham's radical philosophy to J. S. Mill's philosophic radicalism

from II - Modern liberty and its defenders
This chapter explores the main philosophical features of Jeremy Bentham's radical thought, and identifies those aspects which were later accepted or rejected by John Stuart Mill in his conception of philosophic radicalism. The publication of Etienne Dumont's Traités was greeted enthusiastically by Bentham. Bentham's vision of a complete code of laws, accepted by one or more states, epitomised his conception of the ideal relationship between philosophy and politics. His sojourn at Ford Abbey in Devon from 1814 to 1818 enabled him to concentrate on numerous aspects of his new philosophical projects. There is confusion surrounding the terms philosophic radical and philosophic radicalism. One view links them with the thought of Bentham and its development by James and John Stuart Mill. Mill's first substantial essay on Bentham appeared as an appendix to Bulwer's England and the English.
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The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought
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