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Titre : An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation : printed in the year 1780 and now first published / by Jeremy Bentham,...

Auteur : Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)

Éditeur : T. Payne (London)

Date d'édition : 1789

Type : monographie imprimée

Langue : Anglais

Format : 9-CCCXXXV p. ; in-4

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Droits : domaine public

Identifiant : ark:/12148/bpt6k93974k

Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Droit, économie, politique, F-17858

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Provenance : Bibliothèque nationale de France

Date de mise en ligne : 15/10/2007

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T TITHERTO we have been fpeaking of the various articles or ] JL Jt- objects on which the conséquences or tendency of an a<3: may J dépend: of the bare itielf: of the f~MM/~cM it may have been, ci or may have been fuppofed to be, accompanied with of the fc~oM/- ti nefs a man may hâve had with refpe<3; to any fuch circumftances of the intentions that may have preceded the act of the motives that may have given, birth to thofe intentions and of the difpofition that may have been indicated by the connexion between fuch intentions and fuch motives. We now corne to fpeak of confequences or tendency an article which forms the concluding link in all this chain of caufes and enects, involving in it the materiality of thé whole. Now, iuch part of this tendency as is of a mifchievous nature, is all that we have any direct concern with to that, therefore, we fhall here confine ourfelves.


The tendency of an aft is mifchievous when the confequences of it r are mifchievous that is to fay, either the certain confequences or the probable. The confequences, how many and whatfoever they may e be, of an act, of which the tendency is mifchievous, may, fuch of them as are mifchievous, be conceived to conftitute one aggregate body, which may be termed the mifchief of the a<3:.


This mifchief may frequently be dIAInguithed, as it were, into two fhares or parcels the one containing what may be called the primary mifchief, the other, what may be called the fecondary. That fhare may be termed the primary, which is fuftained by an afngnab!e individual, or a multitude of auignable individuals. That fhare may be