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UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

Jeremy Bentham and UCL: Corpse and corpus. Professor Philip Schofield (UCL Bentham Project)

What is Jeremy Bentham’s corpse doing in the South Cloisters? Did he provide the financial backing for the foundation of UCL? Was he a professor in the Department of Laws? Does his ghost trundle around the College at night? Does he attend Council meetings, and is he recorded in the minutes as ‘present, but not voting’?

As for the corpus, this consists in 60,000 folios of manuscripts deposited in the College Library. For fifty years the Bentham Committee has been overseeing the editing and publication of a new edition of Bentham’s works. Is this extraordinarily large collection of material, much of it in barely decipherable handwriting, as dead as the philosopher himself? Or is it still relevant today?

This lecture marks the anniversary of UCL’s foundation on 11 Feb 1826


Professor Philip Schofield | talks | www


Date and Time:

11 February 2010 at 1:15 pm


1 hour



Gower Street


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