Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Johnson, Edgar. “A Christmas Carol Criticizes England's Economic System.” In Readings on Charles Dickens, edited by Clarice Swisher, pp. 86-93. San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press, 1998.

Views Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol as “an attack upon both the economic behavior of the nineteenth-century businessman and the supporting theory of doctrinaire utilitarianism.”

Kelly, P. J. Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice: Jeremy Bentham and the Civil Law. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990, 240 p.

Begins a revisionist assessment of Bentham's moral theory that takes into account the philosopher's concern with the equal distribution of justice and other liberal values.

Kim, Ki Su. “John Stuart Mill's Concepts of Quality and Pedagogical Norms.” The Journal of General Education 38, No. 2 (1986): 120-33.

Explores Mill's thought as it applies to the problem of quality and equality in education, and considers his influence on liberal educational theories.

Manning, D. J. The Mind of Jeremy Bentham. London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., 1968, 118 p.

An elucidation, rather than a critique, of key concepts in Bentham's thought, including his principle of utility.

Mulvihill, James. “The Poetics of Utility: Benthamite Literary Reviewing, 1824-1836.” English Studies in Canada XV, No. 2 (June 1989): 149-61.

Investigates the application of the principles of utilitarianism to the criticism of literature in the Westminster Review.

Rosen, F. Bentham, Byron, and Greece: Constitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992, 332 p.

Examines Bentham's intellectual involvement in the Greek fight for independence during the 1820s.

Schultz, Bart, ed. Essays on Henry Sidgwick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 421 p.

Collection of essays by various contributors concerning Sidgwick's ethical theory and its effect on the program of utilitarianism.