Observation –The life and death of Bentham Episode

I was nerding out the other night and rewatching the Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham. I noticed somethng that slipped by me on my first watch.

When John is talking to Charles outside. The scene where he gives him the fake Id’s with the name Bentham. John say’s “Jeremy Bentham?” and Charles replies “He was an english philosopher. Your parents obviously had a sense of humour when they named you. So I thought it a suitable name”

Something along those lines.

I find that very interesting. How would a philosphers name be funny in relation to Locke? He in no way shape or form is a philospher. John Locke was a “real world” philospher though. Any ideas folks?

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6 thoughts on “Observation –The life and death of Bentham Episode

  1. I think it was just a joke based around the fact that he already had a philosopher’s name, so he gave him a different philosopher’s name. Kinda like if he had randomly been named Apple, Charles might have given him Orange as his new name, because it’s another fruit. 😛

  2. I don’t think it’s that simple. Why would Locke’s parents have a sense of humour naming him John Locke?

    It seemed to me that it was a hint about who John really is.

    I’m not saying he is John Locke the philosopher. Just that perhaps based on that real world person, and his parents giving John that name. Maybe his fate is diretly related to something that philosopher was well known for.

    Here is a Wiki segment that best sums up what the actual John Locke was know for. See anything familiar in it?

    —Locke’s theory of mind is often cited as the origin for modern conceptions of identity and “the self”, figuring prominently in the later works of philosophers such as David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant. Locke was the first philosopher to define the self through a continuity of “consciousness”. He also postulated that the mind was a “blank slate” or “tabula rasa”; that is, contrary to Cartesian or Christian philosophy, Locke maintained that people are born without innate ideas.—

  3. Oh, I do think there’s a deeper meaning to the names in general. The writers wouldn’t have pointlessly chosen them. But as far as the characters are concerned, I think Widmore was just being clever in naming him after another philosopher, since his paernts already named him after a different one.

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