Human taxidermy: The preserved body of philosopher Jeremy Bentham

The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham

zgeitecture:  Presidio Modelo (model prison), Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Panopticon concept by Jeremy Bentham, built in 1926.

zgeitecture: Presidio Modelo (model prison), Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Panopticon concept by Jeremy Bentham, built in 1926.

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer.  He was one of the first people to argue for the decriminalization of sodomy in England

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He was one of the first people to argue for the decriminalization of sodomy in England

Jeremy Bentham Feb 1748 – June 1832. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. When he was 21 he made a will leaving his body for dissection to friend/physician George Fordyce.  His skeleton and head were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet called Auto-icon with the skeleton padded out with hay and dressed in Bentham's clothes. It was acquired by Univ College London in 1850. The real head was displayed in the case for many years but became the target of student pranks.

Jeremy Bentham Feb 1748 – June 1832. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. When he was 21 he made a will leaving his body for dissection to friend/physician George Fordyce. His skeleton and head were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet called Auto-icon with the skeleton padded out with hay and dressed in Bentham's clothes. It was acquired by Univ College London in 1850. The real head was displayed in the case for many years but became the target of student pranks.

jeremy bentham's auto-icon (unfortunately no longer displayed with real head), london

jeremy bentham's auto-icon (unfortunately no longer displayed with real head), london

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham~

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham~

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