- a building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point.
Origin of panopticon
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The Panopticon is usually considered an abstract idea, but in fact I lived in one.
He spent 16 years of his mostly 18th century life designing the Panopticon, which was to be the ideal disciplinary institution.
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It had struck him that an application of his Panopticon would give the required panacea.
Had any other king been on the throne, Panopticon in both 'the prisoner branch and the pauper branch' would have been set at work.
The Panopticon, as defined by its inventor to Brissot, was a 'mill for grinding rogues honest, and idle men industrious.'
Meanwhile Bentham, meditating profoundly upon the Panopticon, had at last found out that he had begun at the wrong end.
During this period Bentham was also occupied with the Panopticon, and some writings refer to it.
Word Origin and History for panopticon
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