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Utility and DemocracyThe Political Thought of Jeremy Bentham$
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Philip Schofield

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208563.001.0001

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Last Things

Last Things

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(p.337) 13 Last Things
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Utility and Democracy
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Philip Schofield (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208563.003.0013

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.

Keywords:   auto-icon, dissection, death, aristocracy, law, religion, University College London

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