Box 16 contains drafts of Bentham’s ideas for a code of criminal law. In these papers, Bentham paid particular attention to the honorific practice of duelling to settle disputes. By the nineteenth century, the use of pistols meant that duels were potentially more dangerous. Bentham argued that duelling did not contribute to utility. A proper penal code would negate the need for individuals to take the law into their own hands in this way.
The material is arranged as follows:
Folios from box 16 which have already been partially or fully transcribed are listed under the progress bar below.
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