Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Doug Long

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science


PhD, University College London, UK
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85171
E-mail: dlong@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre 4134

Research Interests

Professor Long specializes in the history of early modern political thought, with an emphasis on utilitarianism, particularly the political thought of Jeremy Bentham, Adam Smith and David Hume.

He also has an interest in contemporary political theory, particularly in comparing the treatment of freedom, power, justice and democracy in modern and postmodern authors and texts.

Current Research Projects

1. Editing Preparatory Principles Inserenda: Early Writings of Jeremy Bentham on Politics and Jurisprudence

To be sent to Oxford University Press (UK) in the Fall of 2013, this will be one volume in the definitive 75-volume edition of The collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. The text comprises over 600 pages of unpublished autograph manuscript material from the Bentham manuscript collection held at University College London (UK). It throws new light on Bentham’s utilitarianism, and on both philosophical and applied aspects of his science of jurisprudence.

2. Jeremy Bentham: Architect of Jurisprudence

This is a collection of my essays on key figures who influenced the development of Bentham’s thought, such as Sir Francis Bacon, John Locke and Claude Adrien Helvetius, and on aspects of Bentham’s thought that are freshly illuminated by the contents of the "Preparatory Principles Inserenda” manuscripts; e.g. the principle of utility, the idea of punishment, the philosophical presuppositions of a universal system of jurisprudence, and the applications of a critical science of legislation to political institutions and practices. 

Selected Publications


Essays in Collection

Refereed Journal Articles


Recent Conference Presentations

Awards and Distinctions