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More: Utopia
     

More: Utopia

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by Thomas More, George M. Logan (Editor), Robert M. Adams (Editor)
 

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First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More's Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women's rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare,

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First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More's Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women's rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare, Utopia seems remarkably contemporary nearly five centuries after it was written, and it remains a foundational text in philosophy and political theory.

Preeminent More scholar Clarence H. Miller does justice to the full range of More's rhetoric in this new translation. Professor Miller includes a helpful introduction that outlines some of the important problems and issues that Utopia raises, and also provides informative commentary to assist the reader throughout this challenging and rewarding exploration of the meaning of political community.

Editorial Reviews

Daniel Kinney
What Clarence Miller attempts :and accomplishes :here is a nuanced and textured rendition in English that says neither less nor more than the Latin itself.
Louis Martz
Clarence Miller has made a lively and accurate translation which preserves the subtlety and wit of More’s own Latin. Fluent and highly readable, this new version should be welcomed by all admirers of the Utopia.
Booknews
Based on the first English translation of the influential 1516 book produced forty years after original Latin publication. Robynson's version is here corrected and revised, with modern spelling and extensive annotation. The introduction describes More's thought and places him and his work within the political, economic, and religious contexts of 16th-century England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
From the Publisher
"This revision of the 1989 edition will continue to provide graduate students and advanced undergraduates with a very good text for many years to come."
Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521345736
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/21/1989
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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Louis Martz
Fluent and highly readable, this new version should be welcomed by all admirers of the Utopia.
— From Yale University

Meet the Author

George M. Logan is James Cappon Professor of English Language and Literature (Emeritus) at Queen's University, Canada, and a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. He is a leading More scholar and an editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

Robert M. Adams (1915-1996), who taught principally at Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles, was a prolific writer on literary figures from Milton to Joyce, a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and a distinguished translator of works in Latin, Italian and French.

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More: Utopia 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be an interesting book, but it is rather an extremely dull and drawn out description of an idea that could be summarized in less than a page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and intelligant! I was shocked and delighted with Thomas More's way of sweeping you into his novel. The book itself was extrordinary and very well written. I would have to say one of the brightest books I have ever read about political philosophy and the idea of commenwealth! A great book!!!