Bentham's Theory of Legislation; Being Principes de Legislation and Traites de Legislation, Civile Et Penale Volume 2

Bentham's Theory of Legislation; Being Principes de Legislation and Traites de Legislation, Civile Et Penale Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...1 ' In England, as on the Continent, the book trade was (during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) a monopoly. the censorship was in full vigour, the offences of authors and printers were treated as special crimes and severely punished by special tribunals.... In England the system of licensing, which was censorship under another name, was terminated rather than abolished in I695. The House of Commons, which refused to continue the Licensing Act, was certainly not imbued with any settled enthusiasm for liberty of thought ' (Dicey's Law of the Constitution, p. 274). For the arguments 'which did what Milton's Areopagitica had failed to do, ' see Macaulay's History of England, edition of 1895, vol. ii., pp. 503, 504; cited by Dicey on p. 276, (0. M. A.) CHAPTER XLV OF INDIRECT METHODS OF PREVENTING THE DESIRE TO COMMIT OFFENCES. WE have seen that legislation can operate only by in-E'.', i', 'T;., ., fluencing the power, the knowledge, or the will. We have 5'l, ', 'i1', t, ', ', ', already spoken of the indirect means of taking away the "' Wm' power to do injury; we have just shown that the policy which would seek to prevent men from acquiring learning and information would do a great deal more harm than good. All the indirect expedients which can be usefully employed must, then, have for their aim the direction and control of men's inclinations, the putting in practice of the rules of a logic hitherto but little understood, the logic of the will--a logic which would often seem to be in conflict with that of the understanding. As the poet has so well expressed it: Video meliora, proboque, Deteriora...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501675
  • 9781236501677