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Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham

James E. Crimmins

Abstract

Jeremy Bentham was an ardent secularist convinced that society could be sustained without the support of religious institutions or beliefs. This is writ large in the commonly neglected books on religion he wrote and published during the last twenty-five years of his life. However his earliest writings on the subject date from the 1770s, when as a young man he first embarked on his calling as a legal theorist and social reformer. From that time on, religion was never far from the centre of his thoughts. This book illustrates the nature, extent, and depth of Jeremy Bentham's concern with religio ... More

Keywords: Jeremy Bentham, social reform, atheism, secularism, secular view, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198277415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Crimmins, author
Huron College, Ontario

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