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Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia

Edited by Tim Causer and Philip Schofield and Jeremy Bentham

£45.00

ISBN: 9781787359383

Publication: February 24, 2022

Series: Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham

The present edition of Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia consists of fragmentary comments headed ‘New Wales’, dating from 1791; a compilation of material sent to William Wilberforce in August 1802; three ‘Letters to Lord Pelham’ and ‘A Plea for the Constitution’, written in 1802–3; and ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, written in August 1831, the majority of which is published here for the first time. These writings, with the exception of ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, are intimately linked with Bentham’s panopticon penitentiary scheme, which he regarded as an immeasurably superior alternative to criminal transportation, the prison hulks, and English gaols in terms of its effectiveness in achieving the ends of punishment. He argued, moreover, that there was no adequate legal basis for the authority exercised by the Governor of New South Wales. In contrast to his opposition to New South Wales, Bentham later composed ‘Colonization Company Proposal’ in support of a scheme proposed by the National Colonization Society to establish a colony of free settlers in southern Australia. He advocated the ‘vicinity-maximizing principle’, whereby plots of land would be sold in an orderly fashion radiating from the main settlement, and suggested that, within a few years, the government of the colony should be transformed into a representative democracy.

Praise for Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia

'Panopticon versus New South Wales collects Bentham’s scattered works on Australia, with expert editing and contextualisation... Perhaps best of all, the entirety of this work is available in open-access format.'
Australian Book Review

'The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham has at last found a publisher with reasonable prices, Open Access free of charge for those who prefer a virtual version, the same exceptionally high standard of editing and intellectual vitality, and an excellence is design.'
Journal of Comparative Law

'Panopticon versus New South Wales serves as a valuable repository of previously unavailable primary materials by Bentham'
Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies

Philip Schofield is Director of the Bentham Project, Faculty of Laws, UCL, and General Editor of the new authoritative edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham.

Tim Causer is Principal Research Fellow at the Bentham Project, UCL Faculty of Laws.

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, giving a comparative view of the system of penal colonization in New South Wales and the Home Penitentiary System

Second letter to Lord Pelham, 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 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

'The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham has at last found a publisher with reasonable prices, Open Access free of charge for those who prefer a virtual version, the same exceptionally high standard of editing and intellectual vitality, and an excellence is design.'
Journal of Comparative Law


 

'Panopticon versus New South Wales serves as a valuable repository of previously unavailable primary materials by Bentham'
Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies


 

'Panopticon versus New South Wales collects Bentham’s scattered works on Australia, with expert editing and contextualisation... Perhaps best of all, the entirety of this work is available in open-access format.'

Australian Book Review


 

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

616 Pages

ISBN: 9781787359383

Publication: February 24, 2022

Series: Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham

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