Jeremy Bentham’s Intellectual Achievement

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Twining (2004) describes Jeremy Bentham as “one of the most important figures in Western intellectual history.”^ Bentham himself declared, “I was the spiritual father of {John Stuart} Mill and Mill was the spiritual father of {David} Ricardo, so Ricardo was my spiritual grandson.” Auguste Comte regarded Bentham as “the main origin of what is called political economy.”^

The full extent of Bentham’s achievement is probably yet to be recognized.

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