By Mary Sokol

Jeremy Bentham's legislation of marriage is firmly in response to the primary of application, which claims that each one human activities are ruled by way of a desire to achieve excitement and keep away from discomfort, and at the proposition that women and men are equivalent. He wrote in a past due eighteenth century context of Enlightenment debate in regards to the prestige of ladies, marriage and the kinfolk, as did his contemporaries Wollstonecraft and extra. Bentham replied quite to the concept of Milton, Locke, Hume, Paley and to the French thinkers Montesquieu, Diderot and Rousseau. those have been the turbulent years resulting in the French Revolution and it truly is during this milieu that Mary Sokol seeks to rediscover the ‘historical’ Bentham. rather than concerning his inspiration as ‘timeless’, she considers Bentham's perspective to the reform of marriage legislations and plans for the social reform of marriage, putting either his lifestyles and paintings within the philosophical and historic context of his time.

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