Transcribe Bentham is a double award-winning collaborative transcription initiative, which affords a unique opportunity to join a community of volunteers in exploring and transcribing Bentham's unpublished manuscripts.
Contributors to Transcribe Bentham support cutting-edge scholarship, with the transcripts that they provide forming the basis of future volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Each volunteer whose transcripts are utilised in the creation of Collected Works volumes will be thanked by name in the preface of each work.
As well as providing the unique opportunity to help to transcribe previously unknown manuscript material in the hand of Bentham of in the hands of his amanuenses and correspondents, Transcribe Bentham is an invaluable tool for viewing digital images of the Bentham Papers held by both UCL Special Collections and the British Library and can be searched for key words and phrases. Users may also select material by time period, difficulty, and subject-matter.
Bentham Manuscripts Digital Collection
The vast collection of Bentham manuscripts held by UCL Library's Special Collections are of outstanding international historical and philosophical importance.
Digital versions of some of these manuscripts—including high-resolution images as well as transcripts—are hosted at a dedicated, open-access online repository.
Bentham Papers Database
The Bentham Papers database, compiled by Dr Deborah McVea and supported by a grant from the AHRC, provides the most comprehensive online finding tool for Bentham manuscripts. UCL's entire collection can be searched by heading, date, category, title or even penner.
- Chronological Index to the Bentham Papers, compiled by Professor Doug Long.
- Information on the Bentham Papers from UCL Special Collections.
Bentham Keyword Spotting
Thanks to a collaboration with the PRHLT research centre at the Universitat Politècnica de València as part of the READ project, it is now possible to search 90,000 images of Bentham's manuscripts using cutting-edge Handwritten Text Recognition technology.
The Works of Jeremy Bentham
The principal aim of the Bentham Project is to publish a new edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham to supersede the poor-edited The Works of Jeremy Bentham, published in 1838–43 under the editorship of Sir John Bowring, but until its completion the Bowring edition might still be useful as a point of reference. All eleven volumes of the Bowring edition is available to view for free online via the Online Library of Liberty.
- A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Works fo Jeremy Bentham, Chuo University Library, Tokyo, 1989.
- Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham in the Library of University College, London, 2nd edn., ed. A. Taylor Milne, London, 1962.
The Bentham Project has compiled an extensive bibliography of Bentham-related secondary literature, including monographs, academic journal articles, and theses. These can be browsed by type and by author's initials.
The Journal of Bentham Studies
The Journal of Bentham Studies is the Bentham Project's dedicated academic journal for all things Bentham-related. It aims to provide a forum for debate and discussion for all aspects of Bentham studies and utilitarianism. It is an Open Access journal, available under Creative Commons licencing. Contributions and enquiries should be directed to Dr Tim Causer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Bentham Newsletter
The Bentham Newsletter was replaced by Utilitas in May 1989. Scanned .pdf versions of the Newsletter, from 1978 to 1988, are available to download below.
- L.J. Hume, Revisionism in Bentham Studies.
- J.H. Burns, Dreams and Destinations.
- J.R. Dinwiddy, A Report on the Project.
- P. Schwartz, A Report on the Editorial Work in Progress.
- D. Jackson and D. Lieberman, Bentham Bibliography - Part I.
- A. Goldsworth, Bentham on the measurement of Subjective States.
- A.D.E. Lewis, John Austin (1790-1859): pupil of Bentham.
- J.R. Dinwiddy, Bentham's Letters to John Herbert Koe.
- F. Rosen, The Constitutional Code: The New Version.
- S. Hollander, The role of Bentham in the early development of Ricardian theory.
- L.J. Hume, Bentham's theory of fictions.
- W. Roberts, Bentham's poor law proposals.
- F. Rosen, Bentham on democratic theory.
- J.R. Dinwiddy, The Bentham Project, 1978-80.
- J. Steintrager, Language and Politics: Bentham on Religion.
- A.T. Milne, The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, 1788-97.
- M. James, Work in Progress: Bentham's Political Writings 1788-95.
- T. Ball, Was Bentham a Feminist?
- L. Campos Boralevi, In Defence of a Myth.
- T. Ball, Bentham No Feminist: A Reply to Boralevi.
- E.J. Eisenach, The Dimension of History in Bentham's Theory of Law.
- A. de Avila-Martel, The Influence of Bentham on the Teaching of Penal Law in Chile.
- T.L. McKennan, Benthamism in Santander's Colombia.
- A-E. Perez Luno, Jeremy Bentham and Legal Education in the University of Salamanca during the Nineteenth Century.
- F. Rosen, Bentham's Letters and Manuscripts in Greece.
- M. James, Bentham on Voter Rationality.
- E. Schoorl, Bentham, Say and Continental Utilitarianism.
- I. Christie, A Possible Location of Missing Letters of Jeremy Bentham.
- M.J. Smith, The Papers of Jeremy Bentham in the United States of America.
- I. Doolittle, Jeremy Bentham and Blackstone's Lectures.
- L.J. Hume, Work in Progress: Numbers II and III of The Constitutional Code.
- D.D. Raphael, Bentham and the Varieties of Utilitarianism.
- J.M. Robson, Which Bentham was Mill's Bentham?
- R. Harrison, The People is my Caesar.
- P. Jones, The Museum is Welcome to Them - if not Let them be Burnt.
- J.H. Burns, Jeremy Bentham: From Radical Enlightenment to Philosophic Radicalism.
- J.R. Dinwiddy, Bentham and the Early Nineteenth Century.
- W.L. Twining, Why Bentham?
- D. Lieberman, Bentham's Digest.
- J.E. Crimmins, Bentham's Religious Writings: A Bibliographic Chronology.
- P.M. Kitromilides, Jeremy Bentham and Admantios Korais.
- F. Rosen, A Note on Bentham and Korais.
- M. James, Bentham's Democratic Theory at the time of the French Revolution.
- I.R. Christie, Jeremy Bentham and Prince Potemkin.
- R. Richardson, Bentham and `Bodies for Dissection'.
- W.L. Twining, Bentham's Writings on Evidence.
- T.P. Schofield, A Comparison of the Moral Theories of William Paley and Jeremy Bentham.
- J.E. Crimmins, Strictures on Paley's Net: Capital Punishment and the Power to Pardon.
- J. Semple, Bentham's Haunted House.
- S.R. Conway and T.P. Schofield, A Visit to Bentham February 1831.
- C. Atkinson, The Jeremy Bentham Silhouette Rings.
- D. Long, Censorial Jurisprudence and Political Radicalism: A Reconsideration of the Early Bentham.
- R.D. Collinson Black, Bentham and the Political Economists of the Nineteenth Century.
- A.D.E. Lewis, Bentham and the Right to Silence.