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In 1995, the Presses universitaires de France re-published (for the very first time in French) Elie Halévy's classic book La formation du radicalisme philosophique (first edition 1901–4). Startlingly, in the afterword of volume 1, Jean-Pierre Dupuy explained that even if this book on Bentham and his school of thought has been considered a classic and one of the first serious historical studies in any language, Halévy had been a “bad interpreter” of utilitarianism.

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Philippe Mongin and Nathalie Sigot , “Halévy's Bentham IS Bentham,” Philosophy, 74 (1999), 271–81

Charles C. Gillespie , “The Work of Elie Halévy: A Critical Appreciation,” Journal of Modern History, 22 (1950), 232–49

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Modern Intellectual History
  • ISSN: 1479-2443
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