Utopia

Utopia

Paperback Classics of World Literature

By (author) Saint Thomas More, Introduction by Mishtooni Bose, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853264741
  • ISBN 13: 9781853264740
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 73,462

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More's Utopia is a complex, innovative and penetrating contribution to political thought, culminating in the famous 'description' of the Utopians, who live according to the principles of natural law, but are receptive to Christian teachings, who hold all possessions in common, and view gold as worthless. Drawing on the ideas of Plato, St Augustine and Aristotle, Utopia was to prove seminal in its turn, giving rise to the genres of utopian and dystopian prose fiction whose practitioners include Sir Francis Bacon, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. At once a critique of the social consequences of greed and a meditation on the personal cost of entering public service, Utopia dramatises the difficulty of balancing the competing claims of idealism and pragmatism, and continues to invite its readers to become participants in a compelling debate concerning the best state of a commonwealth.

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First published in 1516, during a period of astonishing political and technological change, Sir Thomas More's utopia depicts an imaginary society free of private property, sexual discrimination and religious intolerance.