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The Panopticon Writings

Author : Jeremy Bentham
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 200 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 2020-05-05
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781789600131

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The Panopticon project for a model prison obsessed the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham for almost 20 years. In the end, the project came to nothing; the Panopticon was never built. But it is precisely this that makes the Panopticon project the best exemplification of Bentham's own theory of fictions, according to which non-existent fictitious entities can have all too real effects. There is probably no building that has stirred more philosophical controversy than Bentham's Panopticon. The Panopticon is not merely, as Foucault thought, "a cruel, ingenious cage", in which subjects collaborate in their own subjection, but much more-constructing the Panopticon produces not only a prison, but also a god within it. The Panopticon is a machine which on assembly is already inhabited by a ghost. It is through the Panopticon and the closely related theory of fictions that Bentham has made his greatest impact on modern thought; above all, on the theory of power. The Panopticon writings are frequently cited, rarely read. This edition contains the complete "Panopticon Letters", together with selections from "Panopticon Postscript I" and "Fragment on Ontology", Bentham's fullest account of fictions. A comprehensive introduction by Miran Bozovic explores the place of Panopticon in contemporary theoretical debate.

Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia

Author : Tim Causer,Philip Schofield
Publisher : UCL Press
Page : 616 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2022-02-24
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781787359369

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Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia by Tim Causer,Philip Schofield Pdf

The present edition of Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia consists of fragmentary comments headed ‘New Wales’, dating from 1791; a compilation of material sent to William Wilberforce in August 1802; three ‘Letters to Lord Pelham’ and ‘A Plea for the Constitution’, written in 1802–3; and ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, written in August 1831, the majority of which is published here for the first time. These writings, with the exception of ‘Colonization Company Proposal’, are intimately linked with Bentham’s panopticon penitentiary scheme, which he regarded as an immeasurably superior alternative to criminal transportation, the prison hulks, and English gaols in terms of its effectiveness in achieving the ends of punishment. He argued, moreover, that there was no adequate legal basis for the authority exercised by the Governor of New South Wales. In contrast to his opposition to New South Wales, Bentham later composed ‘Colonization Company Proposal’ in support of a scheme proposed by the National Colonization Society to establish a colony of free settlers in southern Australia. He advocated the ‘vicinity-maximizing principle’, whereby plots of land would be sold in an orderly fashion radiating from the main settlement, and suggested that, within a few years, the government of the colony should be transformed into a representative democracy.

Discipline and Punish

Author : Michel Foucault
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 354 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2012-04-18
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780307819291

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A brilliant work from the most influential philosopher since Sartre. In this indispensable work, a brilliant thinker suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.

Beyond Foucault

Author : Anne Brunon-Ernst
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 246 pages
File Size : 49,5 Mb
Release : 2016-04-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9781317174769

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Beyond Foucault by Anne Brunon-Ernst Pdf

In his hugely influential book Discipline and Punish, Foucault used the example of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon prison as a means of representing the transition from the early modern monarchy to the late modern capitalist state. In the former, power is visibly exerted, for instance by the destruction of the body of the criminal, while in the latter power becomes invisible and focuses on the mind of the subject, in order to identify, marginalize, and 'treat' those who are regarded as incapable of participating in, or unwilling to submit to, the disciplines of production. The Panopticon links the worlds of Bentham and Foucault scholars yet they are often at cross-purposes; with Bentham scholars lamenting the ways in which Foucault is perceived to have misunderstood panopticon, and Foucauldians apparently unaware of the complexities of Bentham's thought. This book combines an appreciation of Bentham's broader project with an engagement of Foucault's insights on economic government to go beyond the received reading of panopticism as a dark disciplinary technology of power. Scholars here offer new ways of understanding the Panopticon projects through a wide variety of topics including Bentham's plural Panopticons and their elaboration of schemes of 'panoptic Utopia', the 'inverted Panopticon', 'panoptic governance', 'political panopticism' and 'legal panopticism'. French studies on the Panopticon are groundbreaking and this book brings this research to an English-speaking audience for the first time. It is essential reading, not only for those studying Bentham and Foucault, but also those with an interest in intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and those studying contemporary surveillance and society.

Radical Thinkers

Author : Theodor W. Adorno,Louis Althusser,Giovanni Arrighi
Publisher : Verso Trade
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2012-02-02
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 184467780X

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Radical Thinkers by Theodor W. Adorno,Louis Althusser,Giovanni Arrighi Pdf

The 6th set of the renowned philosophy series: beautiful covers, bargain price, classic theory.

An Utterly Dark Spot

Author : Miran Bozovic
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Page : 152 pages
File Size : 44,5 Mb
Release : 2000-07-12
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9780472111404

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An Utterly Dark Spot by Miran Bozovic Pdf

Two concepts of special interest to contemporary theorists--the gaze and the body--approached in a fresh and fascinating way

Bentham's Prison : A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Author : Janet Semple
Publisher : Clarendon Press
Page : 362 pages
File Size : 50,6 Mb
Release : 1993-07-08
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 9780191590818

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Bentham's Prison : A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary by Janet Semple Pdf

At the end of the eighteenth century, Jeremy Bentham devised a scheme for a prison that he called the panopticon. It soon became an obsession. For twenty years he tried to build it; in the end he failed, but the story of his attempt offers fascinating insights into both Bentham's complex character and the ideas of the period. Basing her analysis on hitherto unexamined manuscripts, Janet Semple chronicles Bentham's dealings with the politicians as he tried to put his plans into practice. She assesses the panopticon in the context of penal philosophy and eighteenth-century punishment and discusses it as an instrument of the modern technology of subjection as revealed and analysed by Foucault. Her entertainingly written study is full of drama: at times it is hilariously funny, at others it approaches tragedy. It illuminates a subject of immense historical importance and which is particularly relevant to modern controversies about penal policy.

Power/Knowledge

Author : Michel Foucault
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 285 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 1980-11-12
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780394739540

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Power/Knowledge by Michel Foucault Pdf

Michel Foucault has become famous for a series of books that have permanently altered our understanding of many institutions of Western society. He analyzed mental institutions in the remarkable Madness and Civilization; hospitals in The Birth of the Clinic; prisons in Discipline and Punish; and schools and families in The History of Sexuality. But the general reader as well as the specialist is apt to miss the consistent purposes that lay behind these difficult individual studies, thus losing sight of the broad social vision and political aims that unified them. Now, in this superb set of essays and interviews, Foucault has provided a much-needed guide to Foucault. These pieces, ranging over the entire spectrum of his concerns, enabled Foucault, in his most intimate and accessible voice, to interpret the conclusions of his research in each area and to demonstrate the contribution of each to the magnificent -- and terrifying -- portrait of society that he was patiently compiling. For, as Foucault shows, what he was always describing was the nature of power in society; not the conventional treatment of power that concentrates on powerful individuals and repressive institutions, but the much more pervasive and insidious mechanisms by which power "reaches into the very grain of individuals, touches their bodies and inserts itself into their actions and attitudes, their discourses, learning processes and everyday lives" Foucault's investigations of prisons, schools, barracks, hospitals, factories, cities, lodgings, families, and other organized forms of social life are each a segment of one of the most astonishing intellectual enterprises of all time -- and, as this book proves, one which possesses profound implications for understanding the social control of our bodies and our minds.

Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

Author : Thomas Teo
Publisher : Springer
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2014-01-31
Category : Psychology
ISBN : 1461455820

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Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology by Thomas Teo Pdf

Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology is a comprehensive reference work and is the first reference work in English that comprehensively looks at psychological topics from critical as well as international points of view. Thus, it will appeal to all committed to a critical approach across the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, for alternative analyses of psychological events, processes, and practices. The Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology provides commentary from expert critical psychologists from around the globe who will compose the entries. The Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology will feature approximately 1,000 invited entries, organized in an easy to use A-Z format. The encyclopedia will be compiled under the direction of the editor who has published widely in the field of critical psychology and due to his international involvements is knowledgeable about the status of critical psychology around the world. The expert contributors will summarize current critical-psychological knowledge and discuss significant topics from a global perspective.

Jeremy Bentham on Police

Author : Schofield JACQUES
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 246 pages
File Size : 55,5 Mb
Release : 2021-10-18
Category : Criminology
ISBN : 1787356418

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Jeremy Bentham on Police by Schofield JACQUES Pdf

Recovering Bentham's thoughts on policing and what they mean for criminology today. Jeremy Bentham theorized the panopticon as modern policing emerged across the British Empire, yet while his theoretical writing became canonical in criminology, his perspective on the police remains obscure. Jeremy Bentham on Police recovers the reformer's writings on policing alongside a series of essays that demonstrate their significance to the past, present, and future of criminology.

Beyond Foucault

Author : Anne Brunon-Ernst
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 257 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2016-04-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9781317174752

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Beyond Foucault by Anne Brunon-Ernst Pdf

In his hugely influential book Discipline and Punish, Foucault used the example of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon prison as a means of representing the transition from the early modern monarchy to the late modern capitalist state. In the former, power is visibly exerted, for instance by the destruction of the body of the criminal, while in the latter power becomes invisible and focuses on the mind of the subject, in order to identify, marginalize, and 'treat' those who are regarded as incapable of participating in, or unwilling to submit to, the disciplines of production. The Panopticon links the worlds of Bentham and Foucault scholars yet they are often at cross-purposes; with Bentham scholars lamenting the ways in which Foucault is perceived to have misunderstood panopticon, and Foucauldians apparently unaware of the complexities of Bentham's thought. This book combines an appreciation of Bentham's broader project with an engagement of Foucault's insights on economic government to go beyond the received reading of panopticism as a dark disciplinary technology of power. Scholars here offer new ways of understanding the Panopticon projects through a wide variety of topics including Bentham's plural Panopticons and their elaboration of schemes of 'panoptic Utopia', the 'inverted Panopticon', 'panoptic governance', 'political panopticism' and 'legal panopticism'. French studies on the Panopticon are groundbreaking and this book brings this research to an English-speaking audience for the first time. It is essential reading, not only for those studying Bentham and Foucault, but also those with an interest in intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and those studying contemporary surveillance and society.

Bentham and the Arts

Author : Anthony Julius,Malcolm Quinn,Philip Schofield
Publisher : UCL Press
Page : 324 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2020-05-11
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781787357365

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Bentham and the Arts by Anthony Julius,Malcolm Quinn,Philip Schofield Pdf

Bentham and the Arts considers the sceptical challenge presented by Bentham’s hedonistic utilitarianism to the existence of the aesthetic, as represented in the oft-quoted statement that, ‘Prejudice apart, the game of push-pin is of equal value with the arts and sciences of music and poetry. If the game of push-pin furnish more pleasure, it is more valuable than either.’ This statement is one part of a complex set of arguments on culture, taste, and utility that Bentham pursued over his lifetime, in which sensations of pleasure and pain were opposed to aesthetic sensibility. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines reflect on the implications of Bentham’s radical utilitarian approach for our understanding of the history and contemporary nature of art, literature, and aesthetics more generally.

The Panopticon

Author : Jenni Fagan
Publisher : Hogarth
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2013-07-23
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780385347877

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The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan Pdf

Named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor. Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Selected Writings

Author : Jeremy Bentham
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 564 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 2011
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : IND:30000127718736

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"This stimulating reader invites a fresh look at Bentham. Drawing on recent scholarship, it presents newly edited texts and unexpected perspectives on familiar works about sex, law, publicity, colonies, place and time, and much else besides."---William Twining, University College London --Book Jacket.