8vo, pp. [viii], 277, ; very mild occasional foxing, but a very good copy in contemporary full tree-sheep, flat spine tooled in gilt and blind, gilt morocco lettering-piece (just chipped); extremities a bit worn.
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Examen del derecho de vida y muerte, egercido por los gobiernos. Escrito por un cubano.
First edition of a Cuban treatise of criminal law, a forceful impugnation of capital punishment which invokes arguments and schemes from, among others, Filangieri, Montesquieu, Beccaria, Rousseau, Bentham. The tract moves to a wider juridical consideration of the relationship between individuals and the state. Aristotle, Hobbes, the jurist of the Roman tradition and of the Jusnaturalists are examined in a comprehensive assessment of the nature and extent of civic liberties. The conclusion, built on a careful consideration of Bentham’s Panopticon scheme, returns to the question of capital punishment, as the most extreme case and thus the central issue in the dialectics between man and organized society.
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