An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
London: Printed for W. Pickering, 1823. Second edition. Hardcover. 2 vol. 8vo. , ii-xxix, , 2-281, ; , ii-ix, , 2-279,  pp. Half contemporary sheep over marbled boards, boards ruled in gilt with the spines in six compartments, gilt on the spines. Volume one illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Jeremy Bentham done by Worthington. With corrections and additions by Bentham himself, about ten years before his death (Bentham passed away in 1832). Goldsmith 23712. Ikeda I2.2a. Oxford DNB Bentham, F. Rosen, "Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)". SEP, "Jeremy Bentham". Bentham's most detailed and revolutionary work to be published during his lifetime. The philosopher wrote prolifically, but this work stands out as a philosophical flashpoint in ethics and political theory. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation outlines Bentham's principle of utility, what it is and how to measure it, the kinds of happiness the philosophy promotes, philosophical systems that are anti-utilitarian, and the forces that govern human nature and human decsion-making. This work contains several ideas on how to incorporate Bentham's version of utilitarianism into the legal system (with special attention paid to how we can craft punishments for crimes based on the philosophical system). The philosophy of utilitarianism has its share of critics, but remains a significant and complex system of deciding how to make an ethical choice. It remains a critical part of ethics courses everywhere. Jeremy Bentham is often credited as the "father of utilitarianism", and this work is a wealth of philosophical information on Bentham's views of morality and what is good for society at large. Very Good. Item #000012246
Boards somewhat bowed, a few minute chips to the joints' ends and subtle rubbing to volume two's spine.