Utopias of the British Enlightenment

Utopias of the British Enlightenment

by Gregory Claeys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521430844

ISBN-13: 9780521430845

Pub. Date: 07/07/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first major collection of eighteenth-century British utopias. Seven tracts, spanning the century, show how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, and particularly as a means of focussing on ideas of progress and commercial development. Radical and republican thinking about property ownership, social equality, and commerce…  See more details below

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This is the first major collection of eighteenth-century British utopias. Seven tracts, spanning the century, show how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, and particularly as a means of focussing on ideas of progress and commercial development. Radical and republican thinking about property ownership, social equality, and commerce and luxury - of particular relevance to the critique of 'corruption' in this period - coexists with nostalgic and conservative notions of the ideal hierarchical community. The introduction, which sets these tracts in a wider context of similar texts, examines their relationship to the political thought of the period, and shows how issues and developments of key importance, from the debate surrounding the French revolution to the origins of Romanticism and early socialism, are illuminated by an understanding of the utopian tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521430845
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/07/1994
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology of main eighteenth-century British utopian and anti-utopian texts
Bibliographical note
Biographical notes
A note on the texts
The Island of Content: or, A New Paradise Discovered (1709)1
A Description of New Athens in Terra Australis Incognita (1720)27
Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth (1752)55
An Account of the First Settlement, Laws, Form of Government, and Police, of the Cessares, A People of South America (1764)71
Memoirs of Planetes, or a Sketch of the Laws and Manners of Makar (1795)137
The Commonwealth of Reason (1795)199
Bruce's Voyage to Naples (1802)249
Index299

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