Education: Stuffed Shirt

At a dinner at the University of London last week the honored guest was a white-haired old fellow wearing tight-fitting trousers, a wide-brimmed straw hat, a loose white collar. He spoke to no one, ate no food. He did not even move during the whole dinner. Britishers are traditionally polite, impassive; the other dinner-guests ate their food and paid no attention to this funny old stuffed shirt.

A stuffed shirt was literally what they were honoring. When Jeremy Bentham, famed economist-philosopher, died at 84, he left to the University of London his body, to be dissected in...

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