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18:00 - 20:00 20 February 2018

Who was the greater champion of literature, Bentham or Mill?


G10 | Chandler House
2 Wakefield St, Kings Cross | LONDON | WC1N | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Professor Anthony Julius, Chair of Law and the Arts, UCL Laws

According to the received view of Bentham and Mill in the matter of literature, Bentham was a philistine, and dismissive of poetry’s claims, while Mill was an ardent admirer of poetry, who gave it an honoured place in liberal thinking. This is a view promoted by Mill himself, with some accusatory pointing at a passage in Bentham's Rationale of Reward. Though the view is not wholly wrong so far as it goes, it is seriously misleading in two respects.


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