Task of Utopia: A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective / Edition 1

Task of Utopia: A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective / Edition 1

by Erin McKenna
     
 

Noting that fiction representing non-existent worlds that are pretty nice places to live have fallen into disrepute during the twilight of the 20th century, McKenna (philosophy, Pacific Lutheran U., Tacoma, Washington) finds resurgences among members of intentional communities and sociologists who study them, and among feminist science fiction writers and professors… See more details below

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Noting that fiction representing non-existent worlds that are pretty nice places to live have fallen into disrepute during the twilight of the 20th century, McKenna (philosophy, Pacific Lutheran U., Tacoma, Washington) finds resurgences among members of intentional communities and sociologists who study them, and among feminist science fiction writers and professors who study them. She examines the phenomenon as expressed in the work of Ursula K. LeGuine, Sally Miller Gearhart, Sheri Tepper, and Marge Piercy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742513197
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Introduction: The Problem of the Future1
The Need for Utopia1
Why Pragmatism, Feminism, and Utopia?3
2The End-State Model of Utopia17
Static Imagination18
The Desirability of Perfection21
The Possibility of Perfection26
Rousseau: Utopian Education29
Perfection as Process34
The End-State Vision of Women's Country36
Women's Country37
Problems of the Vision40
Women's Country: A Useful Utopian Vision?44
3The Anarchist Model of Utopia49
Anarchist Imagination50
The Cost of Freedom53
The Possibility of Freedom and Its Maintenance58
Anarchist Education63
Freedom as the Precondition of Progress65
The Anarchist Vision of Mattapoisett68
Mattapoisett70
Problems of the Vision74
Mattapoisett: A Useful Utopian Vision?79
4Dewey's Democracy: A Process Model of Utopia83
Intelligent Imagination84
The Possibilities of Imagined Ends88
Realizing the Possible90
Dewey Rejects End-State and Anarchist Visions92
Judging Future Possibilities97
Education and Experimentation101
The Need to Dream the Possible105
Dewey's Community107
A Picture of Community113
The Possibility of Community118
5Feminism, Pragmatism, Community, and Utopia129
A Feminist Critique of Dewey's Call for Community131
Feminst Utopias135
The Kesh141
The Hill Women147
The Valley and the Wanderground - Good Ends-in-View153
6The Future of Utopia161
Bibliography169
Index175
About the Author179

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