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Utopia is a philosophical classic written by Thomas More and first published in 1516. One of the most influential books in the Western philosophical and literary tradition. The story of Utopia is told by a mysterious sailor named Raphael Hythloday, who travels to the New World with the Italian explorer Vespucci and remains at a fort built at the farthest point reached. From there, he discovers a strange island kingdom named Utopia, a pagan and communist city-state in which language, social customs, dress, ...
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Utopia

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Overview

Utopia is a philosophical classic written by Thomas More and first published in 1516. One of the most influential books in the Western philosophical and literary tradition. The story of Utopia is told by a mysterious sailor named Raphael Hythloday, who travels to the New World with the Italian explorer Vespucci and remains at a fort built at the farthest point reached. From there, he discovers a strange island kingdom named Utopia, a pagan and communist city-state in which language, social customs, dress, architecture, and education are identical throughout the country’s fifty-four cities. The Utopians have eliminated wealth, the nobility, and currency. Labour and goods are distributed equally and property is held in common. And there are no monasteries, alehouses, or academies to tempt a person to withdraw from society. Given More’s satiric leanings and eventual execution, is Utopia simply an attack on Europe’s wickedness? Or is it a philosophical tract extolling the ideal way to live? Ultimately, Utopia navigates a course between the desire to create perfection and the pragmatic understanding that perfection, given the fallibility of mankind, is impossible.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014021968
  • Publisher: United Holdings Group
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 277 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    Misunderstanding

    It is a fool who reads Utopia and thinks More a devoted communist. Analyze the names of those involved, the problems of Utopia, and More's as well as Erasmus' humanistic works and it becomes an analysis of the nature of man. The structure of poverty, the effects of property and patronage all create a cycle of despair. Most important of all, his relation to Plato's Republic. Does the philosopher advise the king, or is that a futile endeavor of compromise and corruption. Decide for yourself, but realize that Utopia is a staggering and insightful work, full of wit and humor. It should be read by all philosophers, historians and interested readers.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Don't miss the point

    I loved this book from begining to end. It is such an insightful look at the human spirt and desires. Moore wrights of a perfect world that is in truth, not perfect. Those that missed the point of the story, that this is a satire of human life, need to reread the story and discuss it with others. The point of the story is to show that even in a perfect world there are inperfections, and no matter how we justify them, someone will always be unhappy. Loved the book, definetly a story high school seniors need to read.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Wonderfully Written

    In Utopia Thomas More inspired me in his descriptions of a perfect society, and how he later influenced such thinkers as Karl Marx and the Utopian socialist of the 19th century. It is my belief that some thinkers may have mis-interpreted Utopia as somthing it isn't, what it certainly is not, is an outline for goverment, and More attempts to tell us that with his outlandish names for the main characters. If u are not sure on weather or not to buy Utopia i highly reccomend it, for it tells us a story about a place we will never see, but i still dominates our imaginations.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Wrong book

    This is not Utopia!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    A book to turn America communistic.

    An excellent book for one who wishes to surrender their mind and body.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Dreaming Utopia

    The first half of 'Utopia' is but a history lesson - teaching us 16th-17th century English laws and its obsurdities. The second half of 'Utopia' talks about... Utopia! A world where an idealist lives and an existenlist goes insane (again). To call 'Utopia' the 'best philosophical work ever written', as some other reviewers of this title did; I can't but wonder how many 'philosophical works' has this person actually read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Great book!

    Filled with plenty of scenarios that force you to ponder ethical dilemmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    BOGUS - NOT UTOPIA? RATHER IT IS KANT ON POLITICS

    Kant is like gagging on a hair ball when expecting St Thomas More!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Not utopia book :(

    I was not happy with this book. I was hoping to read a great book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Not so impressed !

    First i thought this was some kind of Robinson Crusoe. Not really. It's a philosophy book, but i don't agree with nothing in this book. I'll stick with Nietzsche or Redbeard. It has some good points, but...i am not impressed by this book.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Utopia

    I didn't like the entire first book but the second book was exactly what I was looking for. I'd like to move there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    Nice Book to Dream About

    I had to read this book for one of my English classes. Just by reading the title I knew the book would be something I would enjoy reading. Our professor shared with us that Book 2 of this book was written before Book 1 after we finished reading Book 1. So I thought that was very interesting. A Utopia is the kind of 'perfect world.' But even by the book, it is not a place I would like to live in. The author really does captures the imagination of his characters. When you want to really escape the world, you would want to enter this book 'Utopia' it really helps.

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