Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Beccaria: 'On Crimes and Punishments' and Other Writings

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Beccaria: 'On Crimes and Punishments' and Other Writings

Description

This edition of Beccaria's On Crimes and Punishments and other writings presents an interpretation of his thought. Drawing on Italian scholarship, Richard Bellamy shows how Beccaria wove together the various political languages of the Enlightenment into a novel synthesis, and argues that his political philosophy, often regarded as no more than a precursor of Bentham's, combines republican, contractarian, romantic and liberal as well as utilitarian themes. The result is a complex theory of punishment that derives from a sophisticated analysis of the role of the state and the nature of human motivation in commercial society. The translation used in this edition is based on the fifth Italian edition, and provides English-speaking readers with Beccaria's own order of his text for the first time. A number of pieces from his writings on political economy and the history of civilisation which were not previously available in English are also included.


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Details

Author(s)
Cesare Beccaria
Format
Paperback | 236 pages
Dimensions
137 x 213 x 15mm | 270g
Publication date
13 Apr 1995
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Digital Print ed.
Illustrations note
1 Halftones, unspecified
ISBN10
0521479827
ISBN13
9780521479820
Bestsellers rank
729,607