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[BOOK CHAPTER] Bourcier B., “Jeremy Bentham’s principle of utility and taste: An alternative approach to aesthetics in two stages” in Julius A., Quinn M. and Schofield P. (eds), Bentham and the Arts, London, UCLPress, 2020

Jeremy Bentham’s principle of utility and taste: An alternative approach to aesthetics in two stages

In the first part of this chapter, I explain how Bentham places the liberty of taste among the fundamental political liberties that all good government should guarantee. His argument relies upon an extensive critique of the principle of asceticism. In the second part, I explain that the political defence of the liberty of taste raises the question of its relation to private ethics.

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