Jeremy Bentham, The Works of Jeremy Bentham, vol. 4 (Panopticon, Constitution, Colonies, Codification) [1843]

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Jeremy Bentham: The Panopticon Letters- I – XXI

Jeremy Bentham: The Panopticon Letters- I – XXI

The building circular—A cage, glazed—a glass lantern about the Size of Ranelagh—The prisoners in their cells, occupying the circumference—The officers in the centre. By blinds and other contrivances, the inspectors concealed […] from the observation of the prisoners: hence the sentiment of a sort of omnipresence—The whole circuit reviewable with little, or if necessary without any, change of place. One station in the inspection part affording the most perfect view of every cell.

– Jeremy Bentham, 1798

Link to a PDF of Bentham-Panopticon

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