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Secular UtilitarianismSocial Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham$
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James E. Crimmins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.001.0001

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The Subscription Controversy

The Subscription Controversy

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(p.114) (p.115) 3 The Subscription Controversy
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Secular Utilitarianism
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James E. Crimmins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.003.0005

In 1773 or early 1774 Bentham gave serious consideration to the notion of publishing an attack on the practice in the universities of imposing on students subscription to articles of faith. The manuscripts he prepared for this work have never been published; for over one hundred years they have rested undisturbed in the vaults of the library at University College London. Before turning to look at the content of these manuscripts, this chapter reviews as much of Bentham's personal history as is germane to his interest in subscription and provides something of the historical context in which his writing on this subject occurred.

Keywords:   University College London, personal history, subscription, universities, articles of faith

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