Bentham Project


Bentham Project

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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 and help us transcribe some of Bentham's unique and important manuscripts? 

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  • For the first time in decades, Bentham's real head is going on display in a new exhibition at UCL.  What does it mean to be human? Curating heads at UCL opens on 2 October 2017.
  • Call for papers open for the next ISUS conference! The 2018 conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies will take place on 24-26 July at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  The conference theme is 'Utility, Progress and Technology'.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 2 February 2018. 
  • Dr Louise Seaward has written a blog about her experience teaching Bentham's philosophy on the UCL Summer Challenge, a course which gives Year 12 students a taster of University teaching.    
  • Six Bentham-related books have been published in open-access by UCL Press. Volumes 1 to 5 of the Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, which were originally published by the Athlone Press, have been reissued, and Memorandoms by James Martin: An Astonishing Escape from New South Wales, edited by Dr Tim Causer has also been published. All of the books can be downloaded for free from the UCL Press website, which also offers the option to purchase them in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats. 
  • Podcasts of the 2017 Bentham seminars are now available to stream or download in iTunes.  Professor Colin Tyler (University of Hull), Professor Malcolm Quinn (University of the Arts London) and Andrew Spooner (UCL) presented their research at the seminars. For full details see the seminar programme (PDF).
  • Professor James E. Crimmins (Huron University College) has written a review of one of the latest volumes of the Collected Works on H-Net.  Crimmins' reviews Writings on Political Economy, vol. 1, edited by Michael Quinn favourably, describing it as a 'tantalizing appetizer' for the following volumes in the series.     
  • Professor Philip Schofield appears on the latest episode of Nigel Warburton's Philosophy Sites podcast to talk about Bentham's Auto-Icon.  
  • A new article in Update (the magazine for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) discusses the Bentham Project's role in the READ project and explains how we have been experimenting with the Handwritten Text Recognition of Bentham's manuscripts.  
  • Dr Louise Seaward is delivering a course on Bentham and utilitarianism to Year 12 students as part of UCL's Summer Challenge.  
  • A special issue of the History of European Ideas has just been published, which deals with Bentham's ideas on indirect legislation.  This issue is edited by Michael Quinn of the Bentham Project and Malik Bozzo-Rey and Anne Brunon-Ernst of the French Centre Bentham.   

See previous news and events in our archive.