Utopias of the British Enlightenment

Utopias of the British Enlightenment

by Gregory Claeys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521455901

ISBN-13: 9780521455909

Pub. Date: 07/29/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection of eighteenth-century British utopias shows how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, particularly as a means of focusing on ideas of progress and commercial development. The texts chosen reveal important trends in the development of liberal rights theories, of proto-socialist concepts of property distribution, and

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This collection of eighteenth-century British utopias shows how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, particularly as a means of focusing on ideas of progress and commercial development. The texts chosen reveal important trends in the development of liberal rights theories, of proto-socialist concepts of property distribution, and of conservative notions of the ideal hierarchical community. The introduction examines their relationship to the key issues and developments in the political thought of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521455909
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/29/1994
Series:
Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The island of content; 2. A Description of New Athens in Terra Australis Incognita; 3. Idea of a perfect commonwealth; 4. An account of the first settlement, 5. Laws, form of government, and police, of the Cessares, a people of South America; 6. Memoirs of planetes; 7. The commonwealth of reason; 8. Bruce's voyage to Naples.

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