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Dr Michael Quinn
Bentham Project, Fifth Floor
UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House,
Endsleigh Gardens
Tel: 020 7679 1510
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • The Bentham Project
  • Faculty of Laws

Born 1961, Bromley, Kent.

Undergraduate degree BSc (Econ), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1982.
Postgraduate degrees MSC (Econ), London (LSE), 1984; PhD, London (LSE), 1989; PG Dip SW (Dip SW), SouthBank University, 2000.

Academic jobs:
Research Fellow Bentham Project 1993-6, 2004-10,
Senior Research Associate, Bentham project, 2010-

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Research Summary

My research currently centres upon Bentham's application of the principle of utility to public policy. I am currently editing Bentham's writings on political economy (5 vols.), and previously edited Bentham's writings on the Poor laws, 2 vols., Oxford, 2001, 2010, and co-edited his writings on sexual morality.

Recent publications:

‘Post-modern moments in the application of empirical principles: power, knowledge, and discourse in the thought of Jeremy Bentham vs. Michel Foucault’, Revue d'études benthamiennes 8 (April 2011).

‘L’archetypation et la recherche d’images significantes: significant et signifié dans la logique de Bentham’, Essaim 28 (2012), 171-81.

‘Which comes first, Bentham’s chicken of utility or his egg of truth? Journal of Bentham Studies 14 (2012).

‘Jeremy Bentham on physical disability: a problem for whom?’, Review of Disability Studies 8.4 (2012), 19-32.

‘The Poor Laws’, in The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed. J.E. Crimmins, London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, 429–32.

‘Fuller on Legal Fictions: a Benthamic perspective’, International Journal of Law in Context 9 (2013), 166–84.

‘Bentham on Mensuration: Calculation and Moral Reasoning’, Utilitas 26 (2014), 61–104.

Bentham’s Theory of Law and Public Opinion, ed. X. Zhai and M. Quinn, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

'Popular Prejudices, Real Pains: What is the Legislator To Do When the People Err in Assigning Mischief?’, in Bentham’s Theory of Law and Public Opinion, ed. X. Zhai and M. Quinn, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 63–89.

Teaching Summary

I contribute to the teaching and examining of the LLM course 'Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian tradition' at UCL.  

Academic Background
1988 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Political Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
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