Chapter

The First Phase 1786–1793

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0005
The First Phase 1786–1793

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This chapter discusses the first phase of Jeremy Bentham's attempts to build the panopticon. The political arena in which Bentham fought for his panopticon was dominated by Prime Minister William Pitt and his allies, which included Henry Dundas, Evan Nepean, and George Rose. In December 1786, Bentham first sent his panopticon ‘Letters’ to London but failed to receive a positive response. He was then able to send it again to the Irish Chancellor of the Exchequer in August 1790 with the help of Lord Landsdowne. The start of Bentham's campaign for the panopticon started in the summer of 1793 when Pitt indicated his approval and asked Bentham to go ahead with his arrangements.

Keywords: panopticon; Jeremy Bentham; William Pitt; politics; Henry Dundas; Evan Nepean; George Rose; Lord Landsdowne

Chapter.  6554 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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