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"Be Quiet" mais modérement : le rôle de l'Etat dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham


  • Nathalie Sigot

    () (PHARE - Pôle d'Histoire de l'Analyse et des Représentations Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


This paper aims at showing that the tradition which uses to connect Bentham's utilitarianism with economic liberalism neglects the peculiarity of an approach for which economics is by no way autonomous to legislation. In this respect, we must underline the importance of information problems. Although they justify the non-intervention of the State, as long as we only consider the economic ends - " subsistence " and " abondance " -, they also lead to interventionist conclusions, each time a lack of information brings an uncertainty, threatening the end of " safety " and, more generally, the specific ends of the " legislation ".

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  • Nathalie Sigot, 1993. ""Be Quiet" mais modérement : le rôle de l'Etat dans la pensée économique de Jeremy Bentham," Post-Print hal-00578352, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00578352
    DOI: 10.2307/3502379
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    1. Enzo Pesciarelli, 1989. "Smith, Bentham, and the Development of Contrasting Ideas on Entrepreneurship," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 21(3), pages 521-536, Fall.
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    1. Andr Lapidus & Nathalie Sigot, 2000. "Individual utility in a context of asymmetric sensitivity to pleasure and pain: an interpretation of Bentham's felicific calculus," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 45-78.
    2. Nathalie Sigot, 1998. "Les principes d'un système monétaire sain de Bentham," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 32(1), pages 117-140.
    3. Antoinette Baujard, 2010. "Collective interest vs. individual interest in Bentham's Felicific Calculus. Questioning welfarism and fairness," Post-Print halshs-00528587, HAL.
    4. A. Baujard, 2006. "From moral welfarism to technical non-welfarism : A step back to Bentham’s felicific calculus of its members," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 200606, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.


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