The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number


Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Auto Icon’ sits behind the glass of his box – slightly embarrassed by his tiny legs. His gloved hands rest on his thighs and his waxy features stare vacantly into space with a resigned and almost contented
expression. The man who proposed the Panopticon as a way for one guard to be able to watch over hundreds of prisoners, is now
daily subjected to the stares of hundreds of pairs of eyes. Groups of half–curious, half–bored prospective students, confused tourists and corporate visitors gaze at the embalmed body of the man whose philosophy led to the founding of the university. Lecturers, BA’s, MA’s, and professors rush by without a glance.

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