Jeremy Bentham, British philosopher

Jeremy Bentham, British philosopher

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Caption: Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British philosopher, linguist, political activist and legal scholar. Best known as the founder of utilitarianism, or philosophical radicalism, Bentham was also a propounder of the Suez and Panama canals. Utilitarianism is a form of hedonism in which the objective is greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Bentham founded University College London (UCL) in 1826 to provide accessible education to those outside the Church of England. At his request, his embalmed body still resides in a glass cabinet at UCL.

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