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The Radical Fool of Capitalism: On Jeremy Bentham, the Panopticon, and the Auto-Icon (Untimely Meditations)

This book is about Jeremy Bentham
"The Radical Fool of Capitalism: On Jeremy Bentham, the Panopticon, and the Auto-Icon" delves into the revolutionary ideas of Jeremy Bentham, a figure infamously known for founding utilitarianism and conceptualizing the Panopticon. Published on April 20, 2018, this book by Christian Welzbacher reinterprets Bentham’s work, arguing that his ideas were not just eccentricities but represented a profound commitment to social ethics that challenged the norms of his time. Welzbacher’s narrative rescues Bentham's inventions from their traditional dark interpretations, presenting the Panopticon not as a tool of surveillance but as a pedagogical instrument aimed at reform and enlightenment, aligning architecture with politics and reason. Similarly, Bentham's Auto-Icon—his preserved body displayed at University College London—embodies his belief in the utilitarian value of the self, even in death. This book is an essential read for those in adult education, providing deep insights into education equity and racial justice, challenging readers to reconsider the impact of historical theories on modern social issues.
Published by The MIT Press on April 20, 2018
216 pages
ISBN: 9780262535496
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