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The Panopticon Versus "New South Wales" and Other Writings on Australia

Jeremy Bentham’s writings on Australian governance and colonization.
 
Jeremy Bentham conceived the panopticon, in part, as an alternative to criminal transportation to Australia. This latest volume in The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham series draws out these connections by collecting both Bentham’s fragmentary and extended comments on Australian governance and colonization. These writings include a fragment headed “New Wales” (1792) correspondence with William Wilberforce (1802), three letters to Lord Pelham (1802), a “Plea for the Constitution” (1802–3), and “Colonization Company Proposal” (1831)—the majority published here for the first time. Although Bentham’s most famous ideas emerged from his opposition to colonization, these writings demonstrate how the reformer became a vocal advocate for settler colonization near the end of his life.
 

558 pages | 6 x 9 1/4

Philosophy: Philosophy of Society, Political Philosophy


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Table of Contents

Symbols and Abbreviations Editorial Introduction New Wales Correspondence, sent to William Wilberforce, of Jeremy Bentham with Sir Charles Bunbury Letter to Lord Pelham Letter to Lord Pelham, &c. &c. &c. Giving a comparative view of the system of penal colonization in New South Wales and the Home Penitentiary System Second letter to Lord Pelham, &c. &c. &c. In continuation of the comparative view of the system of penal colonization in New South Wales and the Home Penitentiary System Third letter to Lord Pelham &C. &C. &C. On the hulks and the ’improved’ prisons, in continuation of the comparative view of the system of penal colonization in New South Wales and the Home Penitentiary System A plea for the constitution: Shewing the enormities committed to the oppression of British subjects,innocent as well as guilty, in breach of Magna Charta, The Petition of Right, The Habeas Corpus Act, and The Bill of Rights; as likewise several transportation acts; in and by the design, foundation and government of the penal colony of New South Wales: Including an inquiry into the right of the crown to legislate without Parliament in Trinidad, and other British colonies. Colonization Company Proposal: Being a proposal for the formation of a joint-stock company by the name of the colonization company on an entirely new principle intituled the vicinity-maximising or dispersion-preventing principle Collation: Panopticon versus New South Wales Index of subjects Index of names

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