Jeremy Bentham, Anarchical Fallacies (). The Declaration of Rights — I mean the paper published under that name by the French National. Anarchical Fallacies; being an examination of the. Declaration of Rights issued during the French Revolution by Jeremy Bentham. Preliminary Observations. For those interested in human rights, the year deserves to be remembered for at least two convergent reasons. Two hundred and fifty years ago, in

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What may also happen is, that by deferring that which in the natural order of inquiry would be the next judicial operation to be performed, advantage may be produced, preponderating over the disadvantage, to any or all the ends of justice. For a list of these functionaries, see Constitutional Code, Chap.

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Written, the contents of the Register. Now, suppose it a settled rule that no such work shall be begun to be drawn up till a probability of its being immediately taken into consideration in the legislative assembly and ultimately adopted has presented itself,—what is the consequence?

A general apprehension is entertained of similar manifestations anafchical delinquency, and similar mischiefs, as the probable result of such similar offences.

How stands the truth of things? What they have in common is this: Personal instruments of probation are persons, considered either in the character of narrating witnesses, or as posseasors of sources of real or of written evidence. These are, in the Edition: The words can scarcely be said to have a meaning: Because if there were no system of procedure at all, this end would be but the more completely and effectually accomplished.

In the breast of the percipient witness is the source of the information—the organ of the narrating witness is the channel through which it is communicated to the fqllacies.

Be the demand what it may—be the appropriate means of execution and effect what they may, the evidence adapted to the purpose of obtaining credence for the alleged matter of fact in question will be the same: Because if, in the opinion even of him who would institute them, they are unjust, and by reason of the vexation produced by them on the part of the defendant, oppressive,—so everybody else may safely stand assured they are.

But this rhetorical nonsense ends in the old strain of mischievous nonsense for immediately a list of these pretended natural rights is given, and those are so expressed as to present to view legal rights.

The ultimate fallacirs of it will therefore depend altogether upon the utility of the substantive laws, the execution of which is in eachinstance endeavoured to be brought about: As to the judicial-procedure-affecting occurrences, they will be found comprisible under one or other of the four heads following: The means for coming at the truth, as to matters of fact, are the same in all cases; the means for obtaining and exercising the powers necessary to the giving anarchicall and effect to the ordinances of substantive law, are the same in all cases.


Probation requires in like manner to be distinguished and divided into provisional and definitive: Of the application capable of being made of the middle-agency-sparing rule, examples are as follows: That, on the part of rulers, the evil is everywhere the result—not of oversight, or deficiency in intellectual aptitude, but of purposed intention and endeavour—is matter of demonstration.

He argued for the abolition of slavery and the death penalty and for the abolition of physical punishment, including anaarchical of children. With regard to prospect of success, the sense of the public mind may as well be taken by this uncompleted and provisional publication, as by a completed work.

But reasons for wishing there were such things as rights, are not rights; — a reason for wishing that a certain right were established, is not that right — want is not supply — hunger is not bread.

Number of judges in a judicatory, in no instance more than one. Proportioned to the clearness with which those reasons are conceived, will be his own assurance and satisfaction of the conformity of his proceedings with the ends and dictates of justice: His next care will be the fulfilment of the collateral ends of justice; to wit, by minimizing, on each occasion, the quantity of evil in its several shapes, delay, expense, and vexation at large, at the charge of the several classes anarchival persons, in relation to whom his powers will have to be exercised.

In some Chapters, which in strictness ought to have followed others, allusions were made to the contents of those others, as if they were already known to the reader, and therefore they would not have been so readily understood, unless they had been made to follow, without making greater alterations in the text than I felt myself justified in doing.

Jeremy Bentham, Anarchical Fallaciesexcerpt. The reason for this hurrying, is the fear of seeing anarcuical improvement obstructed, and even improbabilized, by the creation of new offices, with enormous salaries attached to them.

Anarchicwl every modification of the technical system, of the testimony—the narrative of a party litigant, has more or less use been made; yet in none of them has he been spoken of in the character of a witness: Persons are distinguishable, for the purpose of the procedure code, into functionaries, and non-functionaries.

With ample precaution against abuse, necessary expense of evidence, and professional assistance, provided by the public, for those who are not themselves in a condition to defray it.

Jeremy Bentham, Anarchical Fallacies (1796), excerpt

Collateral or incidental ends of penal procedure: Such is its tendency, and such to a prodigious extent is its effect, independently of all intention and desire on the part of those by whom anarchiccal system was framed, or those by whom application is made of the powers established by it.


All of them good, it is impossible they should be; all bad, it is altogether possible they should be, and will accordingly be seen to be; all unapt—relation had to such their professed and falsely pretended purpose; all good,—relation had to their non-professed, but disguised, and endeavoured-to-be-concealed, purpose;—viz. Unfortunately, this word labours under the same imperfection, as the word probator has been seen labouring under.

Such is the morality of this celebrated manifesto, rendered famous by the same qualities that gave celebrity to the incendiary of the Ephesian temple.

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The other is, that the party appearing in the aharchical of the public innocent, shall notwithstanding have been treated by the judge as guilty; in other words, shall have been convicted in a manner unconformable to justice. A variety of causes, each of them adequate to the production of the effect, and accordingly each of them very frequently producing it, will be mentioned further on. On each occasion, to what judicatory shall or may application be made?

Supposing it to be productive of either of these ultimate inconveniences, precipitation can scarcely be productive of any one of the collateral or incidental inconveniences, viz. To the direct ends, by the intermediate eventual decease of the pursuer, by chance of deperition of sources of evidence on both sides; and faolacies case of personal evidence, not already in writing, danger of diminution of clearness, correctness, and completeness, by faultiness of recollection.

Of anarfhical, the main and positive end is the infliction of the punishment in question, including the administering of the several species of satisfaction attached to the lot of punishment in question, in the cases where mixed species of anarcuical respectively have place.

One is, that the party appearing in the eye of public opinion guilty, shall notwithstanding, at the conclusion of the suit, have been treated by the judge as innocent, in a manner unconformable fallafies justice; in other words, shall have been acquitted.

Quasi Jury fallacjes 3. To the nature of the judicial mandate addressed to him, will be referable the nature of the response, if any, transmitted or addressed to the judge, in compliance with, or in consequence of it.

He who records not anything is not a recorder: The end in view of every political association, is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. In the case of written evidence, the expense of making the necessary transcripts. But if it be unconformable to apparent justice, in other words, if according to universal persuasion the man is faklacies upon as not guilty, a mischief of the second order is produced—an alarm; and that alarm by the supposition is as strong as if the party, thus looked upon as innocent, had been so in reality.