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This website gives information on Jeremy Bentham and about the work of the Bentham Project. We are the world centre for Bentham Studies and our main activity is the production of the new edition of Bentham's Collected Works. We are part of UCL's Faculty of Laws.

The Bentham Project is responsible for Transcribe Bentham, the double award winning scholarly crowdsourcing initiative. Why not get involved?


News and Events

  • The programme for the 2015 Bentham Seminars is now available: our speakers this year are Dr Carolyn Shapiro (Falmouth University), Dr Malik Bozzo-Rey (Catholic University of Lille), and Simon Palmer (Leuphana University). All are welcome! Recordings of the 2014 Bentham Seminar programme are available to download.
  • The Bentham Project has received a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of almost £300,000 to produce the authoritative edition of Jeremy Bentham's economic writings.
  • Transcribe Bentham has reached another milestone: 10,000 transcripts have now been worked on by volunteer transcribers. Dr Tim Causer has written about the achievement at the Transcribe Bentham blog. Dr Causer and Dr Kris Grint have also written about the progress and discoveries made in the British Library's collection of Bentham papers in a post for the Untold Lives blog. An article has also been published by UCL News.
  • Of Sexual Irregularities, and Other Writings on Sexual Morality, the latest volume in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, has been published by Oxford University Press. Two responses by members of the Bentham Project to a recent review of the work in The Guardian are available on our blog. A preliminary version of a closely-related work, Not Paul, but Jesus Vol. III, is available to download as a free open-access text.
  • ISUS XIII: Members of the Bentham Project attended the 13th conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies at Yokohama National University in Japan. The programme is still available to download. Presentations were also given at the Universities of Tokyo, Chuo and Hitotsubashi.
  • Kyoto Seminar on Bentham's Legal Thought: a seminar featuring Professor David Lieberman (U.C. Berkeley), Professor Xiaobo Zhai (Zhengzhou/UCL) and Professor Michael Lobban (LSE) will take place on 18 August at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. More information.
  • Jeremy Bentham and the Escaped Convicts, an exhibition at UCL, has recently been installed in the South Cloisters near the Auto-Icon. Dr Tim Causer has written about the new exhibition at the Transcribe Bentham blog.
  • New work on Bentham's legal philosophy: The Legal Philosophy and Influence of Jeremy Bentham: Essays on Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence, edited by Guillaume Tusseau, has been published by Routledge. The volume contains an essay by Professor Philip Schofield of the Bentham Project.
  • Professor Philip Schofield has written a guide to tranScriptorium, a European Union funded project investigating the application of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology to Bentham manuscripts.
  • A new post examining Bentham's arguments for Jesus' homosexuality as part of his theological defense for same-sex love in Not Paul, but Jesus Vol. III has been published at the Jesus in Love blog.
  • A new volume entitled Bentham's Theory of Law and Public Opinion, edited by Professor Xiaobo Zhai (UCL/Zhengzhou) and Dr Michael Quinn (UCL), has been published by Cambridge University Press. More information. Download the flyer to receive a 20% discount. 
  • Watch Escape from Australia: James Martin's Memorandoms, a video featuring Dr Tim Causer and based on the only first-hand account of perhaps the most famous escape by transported convicts from Australia. An interactive video is also available. Two versions of the narrative found in UCL's Bentham Papers have been published online by the Bentham Project.
  • Recordings from the 2014 programme of Bentham Seminars can be listened to on the new Bentham Seminar Podcast.

See previous news and events in our archive.

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