Jeremy Bentham ( /ˈbɛnθəm/; 15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He is best known for his advocacy of utilitarianism and animal rights.
LOL I just witnessed the equivalent of sonning in the academia game Savage burn by Amartya Sen capping off a solid 5 paragraphs of clapbacks at Jeremy Bentham 'the father of utilitarianism' "Whereas Bentham saw rights as a 'child of law' Hart's view takes the form of seeing human rights as in effect parents of law..." #whatsbeef
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.
The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham: At his request, he was taxidermied after his death. Supposedly, the process to preserve the head went terribly wrong. His head was replaced with a wax substitute and placed on the floor between his legs.