Bentham Project

The Bentham Project aims to produce a new scholarly edition of the works and correspondence of the jurist, philosopher, and social scientist Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). The website also contains information on Bentham’s life and works. Various parts of the project contain primary sources:

  • Publications. Contains a list of works written by Bentham or written about him. Some of the primary sources can be viewed in their entirety in a modern edition, and can be downloaded as XML file of as a PDF.
  • Bentham Texts Online. Contains links to modern editions of works of Bentham that are available in various places on the Internet. Several of them are available as full-text documents, in varying formats.
  • Transcribe Bentham. This is a crowdsourced transcription project, launched in September 2010. Volunteer users log in on the Transcription Desk, where they can see high-resolution digital images of unstudied and unpublished manuscripts from the Bentham Papers Collection in UCL Library’s Special Collections. An online text editor is shown so that the user can enter and edit the transcription of the text. Once transcripts are submitted by volunteers, they are edited by Bentham Project staff. All submitted transcripts and corresponding manuscript images will become fully accessible online in UCL Library's Digital Collections. Up to January 2014, 6.789 manuscripts had been transcribed or partially transcribed.

The Bentham Project is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the British Academy, and the Seventh Framework Programme.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 10:41pm
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