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Dr Michael Quinn
Room 406
Bentham Project, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House,
Endsleigh Gardens
London
WC1H 0EG
Tel: 020 3108 8396
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • The Bentham Project
  • Faculty of Laws
Biography

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-

Research Summary

Research Interests

Theories of Justice; History of Political Thought; The Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham; Utility and Truth; History of Economic Thought.

I am particularly interested in Bentham’s application of the principle of utility to law, government, and public policy. I am currently editing Bentham's writings on Political Economy, and previously edited Bentham's writings on the Poor laws, and on sexual morality. 


Select publications:


As editor:


J. Bentham, 'Writings on Political Economy Volume II: Financial Resources', Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2019.


J. Bentham 'Writings on Political Economy Volume III: Preventive Police', Bentham Project, 2018 (pre-publication version) http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10055084/


J. Bentham, 'Writings on Political Economy Volume I', Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2016.


J. Bentham, 'Of Sexual Irregularities and other writings on Sexual Morality', Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2014.


'Indirect Legislation: Jeremy Bentham’s Regulatory Revolution’, special issue of History of European Idea 43-1 (20170, ed. M. Bozzo-Rey, A. Brunon-Ernst, and M. Quinn.


As author:


Jeremy Bentham, Choice Architect: Law, indirect legislation and the context of choice, in History of European Ideas 43-1 (2017), 11-33.


Jeremy Bentham, "The Psychology of Economic Man", and Behavioural Economics, in Oeconomia 6-1 (2016), 3-32.


'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.


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


‘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).

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


‘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).

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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