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José del Valle: a Benthamite in Central America

Journal of Bentham Studies

UCL Press

José del Valle, Jeremy Bentham, Central America, Constitution, Education, Intellectual

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      This paper examines the relationship between Jeremy Bentham and José Cecilio del Valle, one of the most important leaders of Central America’s independence process. Since this relationship has received little attention from those studying the links between Bentham and Spanish American politicians, with the exception of Miriam Williford1, we consider that is very important to explore the influence of the utilitarian philosophy in Central America. With this purpose in mind, we will examine the ideas expressed in some of Valle´s writings and government projects throughout his political career dated between 1810 and 1834 in Guatemala.

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      Universidad Francisco Marroquin
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      Journal of Bentham Studies
      UCL Press (UK )
      01 January 2014
      : 16
      : 1
      : 1-35
      © Alejandro Gómez.

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