9780198793052 (hardback) 0198793057 (hardback)
Clarendon law series.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. Law, custom, and reason Elements of classical common law theory Law, social union, and collective rationality Hume's jurisprudence : law, justice, and human nature Hume's jurisprudence : common law conventionalism Part II. Bentham's critique of common law : the roots of positivism Utilitarian justice and the tasks of law Bentham as a common law revisionist Custom, rules, and sovereignty Plucking off the mask of mystery Utilitarian positivism Part III. Law, utility, and adjudication The judge as paterfamilias Judicial virtues and the sanctions of public opinion Utilitarian adjudication within the shadow of the code The coherence of Bentham's theory of law Afterword: Reading Bentham : a project of critical history.