Utopia

Utopia

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'Even if you can't eradicate harmful ideas or remedy established evils, that's no reason to turn your back on the body politic' In Utopia, Thomas More gives us a traveller's account of a newly-discovered island where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based on natural reason and justice, and human fulfilment is open to all. As the traveller, Raphael, describes the island to More, a bitter contrast is drawn between this rational society and the custom-driven practices of Europe. So how can the philosopher try to reform his society? In his fictional discussion, More takes up a question first raised by Plato and which is still a challenge in the contemporary world. In the history of political thought few works have been more influential than Utopia, and few more misunderstood. Dominic Baker-Smith's introduction examines the conflicting voices and perspectives of More's masterpiece and relates them to the European context of his time. This new edition also includes a chronology, notes, appendices, glossary and suggested further reading. Translated and introduced by Dominic Baker-Smith
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2012.
ISBN: 9780141442327
0141442328
Branch Call Number: 335.02 Mor
Characteristics: xxxvii, 146 pages : map.
Additional Contributors: Baker-Smith, Dominic

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AaronAardvark1940
May 25, 2018

Sir Thomas More described the ideal communist state more than three centuries before Marx and Engels, and four centuries before the Russian revolutions. Of course, his vision is much more pleasing than the ways in which such societies have played out in real life. His passion and compassion are in great contrast to the cold logic displayed in The Prince, which I read quite recently. It's late in life to be reading these classics, but I'm really enjoying myself.

Oberösterreich99 Jan 30, 2018

Great read, intriguing to see how More saw the problems of the time and how to fix them in his own creation. However, the way the nation has overcome some of mans weaknesses in character is a wee bit over simplistic, when most are counter to our nature. Although, to imagine a society free of pride, materialism, and greed is truly idyllic.

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