Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, edited by Philip Schofield

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Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, edited by Philip Schofield
Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, edited by Philip Schofield

Hardback published by the Clarendon Press imprint of Oxford University Press in their 'Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham' series in 2010, 251 pages (S8295BWSO)

Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, written in 1780-2, is the continuation of An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, and thus part of the introduction to the projected penal code on which Bentham worked in the late 1770s and early 1780s. The work emerged from Bentham's attempt to distinguish between civil and penal law, which led him into an exposition of the nature and scope of an individual law and an analysis of such key legal terms as power, duty, right, property, contract, and conveyance. Bentham addresses the relationship between different 'aspects' of the legislator's will, such as command, prohibition, and permission, and in so doing develops a 'logic of the will' which anticipates modern deontic logic. He explains that the disposition of the people to obey constitutes the basis of political and legal power, and distinguishes between law addressed to the sovereign and law addressed to the people. Dealing with some of the most fundamental problems in jurisprudence and the theory of human action, Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence is a work of outstanding originality and seminal importance in the field of legal philosophy.

The volume contains an Editorial Introduction which explains the provenance of the text, and the method of presentation. The text is fully annotated with textual and historical notes, and the volume is completed with detailed subject and name indices.


The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and tidy, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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