Bentham Project

History of Western Thought Online

Various web sites across the Internet provide excellent resources for the study of intellectual history and the evolution of ideas in economics, law, philosophy and politics.


Classic texts on Bentham and Utilitarianism

  • Leslie Stephen The English Utilitarians, 3 vols., London, 1900.
  • John Stuart Mill, Bentham, London and Westminster Review, Aug. 1838, revised in 1859 in Dissertations and Discussions; political, philosophical and historical. Reprinted chiefly from the Edinburgh and Westminster Reviews, 4 vols., London, 1859-75, vol. 1.
  • Henry Sidgwick Bentham and Benthamism in Politics and Ethics, The Fortnightly Review, 21, January-June 1877, pp. 627-652.

Humanities and Social Sciences





  • Lecture at LSE Professor Richard Layard, in the Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures, entitled 'Happiness: has social science a clue?' delivered at LSE in March 2003, puts the case for a 'Return to Bentham'.


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Full-text humanities databases available by subscription to InteLex.

The Complete Works and the Correspondence Vols. 1-10, (edited by the Bentham Project and published by Oxford University Press) in an electronic version available by subscription from Intelex. Available to UCL staff and students here.