An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, by Jeremy Bentham

Table of Contents


Of the Principle of Utility.

Of Principles Adverse to that of Utility.

Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure.

Value of a Lot of Pleasure or Pain, How to Be Measured.

Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds.

Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility.

Of Human Actions in General.

Of Intentionality.

Of Consciousness.

Of Motives.

  1. Different Senses of the word, Motive.
  2. No Motives either constantly good, or constantly bad.
  3. Catalogue of Motives corresponding to that of Pleasures and Pains.
  4. Order of Pre-eminence among Motives.
  5. Conflict among Motives.

Of Human Dispositions in General.

Of the Consequences of a Mischievous Act.

  1. Shapes in which the Mischief of an Act may show itself.
  2. How Intentionality, &c. may influence the Mischief of an Act.

Of Circumstances Influencing the Degree of Alarm.

Reasons for Considering Certain Actions as Crimes.

Chapter XV.

  1. General View of Cases unmeet for Punishment.
  2. Cases in which Punishment is groundless.
  3. Cases in which Punishment must be inefficacious.
  4. Cases where Punishment is unprofitable.
  5. Cases where Punishment is needless.

Of the Proportion Between Punishments and Offences.

Of the Properties to Be Given to a Lot of Punishment.

Chapter XVIII.

  1. Classes of Offences.
  2. Divisions and Sub-divisions.
  3. Advantages of the present Method.
  4. Characters of the Five Classes.

Chapter XIX.

  1. Limits between Private Ethics and the Art of Legislation.
  2. Jurisprudence, its Branches.

Essay on the Promulgation of Laws, and the Reasons Thereof; with Specimen of a Penal Code.

Essay on the Influence of Time and Place in Matters of Legislation.

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