Following his death in 1832, Bentham’s body was dissected and then his skeleton used to create the ‘auto-icon’ or self-image which now resides at University College London. In his pamphlet ‘Auto-Icon; or, Of the Farther Uses of the Dead to the Living’, Bentham explained how dead bodies might have their uses. This pamphlet, highly ironic in tone, was, in essence, a continuation of Bentham’s attack on the aristocracy, the law, and religion. The auto-icon was intended as an enduring monument to that attack.
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