28 December 2012
Bentham’s letters regarding the panopticon, available on-line, are interesting in that they reveal how Foucault gave one ‘reading’ of the concept. I still find students who confusingly equate Bentham’s and Foucault’s ideas in some way.
IDEA OF A NEW PRINCIPLE OF CONSTRUCTION
ANY SORT OF ESTABLISHMENT, IN WHICH PERSONS OF
ANY DESCRIPTION ARE TO BE KEPT UNDER INSPECTION;
AND IN PARTICULAR TO
PRISONS, HOUSES OF INDUSTRY, WORK-HOUSES, POOR-HOUSES, LAZARETTOS, MANUFACTORIES, HOSPITALS, MAD-HOUSES, AND SCHOOLS:
A PLAN OF MANAGEMENT
ADAPTED TO THE PRINCIPLE:
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1787, FROM CRECHEFF IN WHITE
RUSSIA. TO A FRIEND IN ENGLAND
BY JEREMY BENTHAM,
OF LINCOLN’S INN, ESQUIRE.