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Utopia by Thomas More

Utopia (original 1516; edition 2019)

by Thomas More (Author)

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Utopia, written by Sir Thomas More, depicts a fictional island with its own unique religion and customs. Sir Thomas More's work introduces readers into the concept of a perfect society with utopian, or perfect, ideas and beliefs. This timeless classic, originally written in 1516 and heavily influenced by Plato's Republic, is often read in schools as a required reading.… (more)
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Utopia by Thomas More (1516)

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    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (2below)
    2below: Each one is fascinating in its own right but I think reading both (or reading them concurrently, as I did) provides an interesting perspective on two seemingly opposed extremes.
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    The City of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella (paradoxosalpha, Sensei-CRS, Chevalier.dSion)
    paradoxosalpha: Early Modern scenarios for social reform, both set in a fictionalized New World beyond the Atlantic.
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    In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus (caflores)
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    Christianopolis by Johann Valentin Andreae (Sensei-CRS, Chevalier.dSion)
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    Erewhon by Samuel Butler (KayCliff)
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    Island by Aldous Huxley (kxlly)
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    New Atlantis by Francis Bacon (Chevalier.dSion, Sensei-CRS)
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    A description of the famous kingdome of Macaria by Samuel Hartlib (Sensei-CRS)
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    Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (timoroso)
    timoroso: I see More as a precursor to Swift. Both deal with similar ideas, but Swift’s style is more entertaining.
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    Zwischen Utopie und Wirklichkeit: Konstruierte Sprachen für die globalisierte Welt by Jennifer Bretz (gangleri)
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    Candide by Voltaire (kxlly)

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This is a welcome translation of an important book in the history of ideas. It is not an exaggeration to say that our idea of utopia is founded in great part on the presentation of the world in this notable book. It is one of the small number of volumes that had an exponential effect on the way we consider the world around us. ( )
  jwhenderson | Mar 13, 2023 |
DNF: 20%

Couldn't get into it, and I don't think I can blame the narrator. It's an awkward lack of rhythm for being fiction told in an almost nonfiction format, so it's distant without the benefit of a barrage of direct knowledge. Normally I force myself to finish, but for some reason I didn't argue when the idea to quit came up. ( )
  leah_markum | Oct 28, 2022 |
I had mixed feelings over the book Utopia. The first half was, to me, boring and hard to understand. The second half was much easier to understand as it was explaining the island, it's government, and it's people. More, continually reminds the reader that Utopians have no rules but it is often followed by what rules they have; as someone who majored in political science this was frustrating especially when they live under a monarch. Also the book had a Catholic, Latin, and ancient Greek scholarly smugness that comes off as arrogant rather than just intelligent.

Sir Thomas More (who was canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic church) was a politician and philosopher who worked under Henry VIII. He hated the Protestant Reformation and Anne Boleyn. Eventually he was executed by the king as a martyr for rejecting the Church of England. Ironically, for being such a staunch Catholic, he was honored as one of the top thinkers of the Soviet Union's communism. ( )
  Jazz1987 | Aug 27, 2022 |
Marx who?

This is a fascinating treatise in the form or a history on socialism. ( )
  FaithBurnside | Aug 17, 2022 |
Que un libro siga estando vigente en sus planteamientos y propuestas después de quinientos años induce a reflexionar. O la utopía es algo irrealizable y por tanto seguirá siendo un ideal de futuro; o muchos hombres machacona y cabezonamente se empeñan en creer que es posible y luchan por ella.

La obra de Moro no es el primero, ni el último, de los intentos de diseñar o proponer un sistema social y político que mejore el existente. En la práctica, muchos grupos intentaron formar una sociedad que ellos creían deseable. Desde el plano teórico “La república” de Platón es el ejemplo más claro en la antigüedad. Cualquier sistema social propuesto revela una disconformidad con el existente y, como tal, el deseo del ser humano de mejorar en la organización de sus relaciones con los demás.

Tomás Moro interpela al hombre actual en multitud de temas que siguen siendo motivo de discusión: la pena de muerte, la eutanasia, los impuestos, el expansionismo territorial, el apoyo mutuo, la comunidad de bienes o colectivismo, la reducción de la jornada laboral, la asistencia sanitaria pública, el rechazo a la caza, la tolerancia religiosa, la oposición a la guerra, ...

Muchos de los sinónimos que se utilizan para la palabra utopía encajan mal con el trabajo del canciller inglés: quimera, fantasía, sueño, invención, … Otros, en cambio, sintonizan perfectamente con el autor: ilusión, ideal, anhelo,… Tomás Moro no es un ingenuo y así expresa “… que hay muchísimas cosas en la república de los utopienses que, a la verdad, en nuestras ciudades, más estaría yo en desear que en esperar.”(Libro Segundo pág. 174); pero al mismo tiempo, aunque sea en un futuro lejano, si cree en su realización. Como buen humanista cree en el hombre y en su capacidad de mejora. El mismo nombre de utopía significa que no está en ningún lugar pero no que no pueda estarlo. Esa terminación en -ia apunta esa posibilidad frente a utopo.
Por lo demás es fácil caer en la trampa del lenguaje: deseable, mejor, … Evidentemente esto encaja para quien propone el sistema pero no necesariamente para el resto. ¿Era deseable el estado de Platón?¿Es mejor la isla Utopía que la sociedad europea de la época? Para Moro y Platón puede pero… ¿y para los demás? Pues el camino que va de la utopía a la distopía es extremadamente corto y equívoco. “La mejor república” puede ser para muchos el peor de los estados. ( )
  GilgameshUruk | Jul 17, 2022 |
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Collins, J. ChurtonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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del Pozo, Joan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was recently a rather serious difference of opinion between that great expert in the art of government, His Invincible Majesty, King Henry the Eighth of England, and His Serene Highness, Prince Charles of Castile.
The moment we showed them [the Utopians] some books that Aldus had printed, and talked a bit about printing and paper-making -- we couldn't explain them properly, as none of us knew much about either process -- they immediately made a shrewd guess how the things were done. Up till then they'd only produced skin, bark, or papyrus manuscripts, but now they instantly started to manufacture paper, and print from type. At first they weren't too successful, but after repeated experiments they soon mastered both techniques so thoroughly that, if it weren't for the shortage of original texts, they could have had all the Greek books they wanted.
Well, that's the most accurate account I can give you of the Utopian Republic. To my mind, it's not only the best country in the world, but the only place that has any right to call itself a republic. Elsewhere, people are always talking about the public interest, but all they really care about is private property. In Utopia, where there's no private property, people take their duty to the public seriously. And both attitudes are perfectly reasonable. In other 'republics' practically everyone knows that, if he doesn't look out for himself, he'll starve to death, however prosperous his country may be. He's therefore compelled to give his own interests priority over those of the public; that is, all the other people. But in Utopia, where everything is under public ownership, no one has any fear of going short, as long as the public storehouses are full. Everyone gets a fair share, so there are never any
poor men or beggars. Nobody owns anything, but everyone is rich – for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety? Instead of being worried about his food supply,
upset by the plaintive demands of his wife, afraid of poverty for his son, and baffled by the problem of finding a dowry for his daughter, the Utopian can feel absolutely sure that he, his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, his great-great-grandchildren, and as long a line of descendants as the proudest peer could wish to look forward to, will always have enough to eat and enough to make them happy. There's also the further point that those who are too old to work are just as well provided for as those who are still working.
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Utopia, written by Sir Thomas More, depicts a fictional island with its own unique religion and customs. Sir Thomas More's work introduces readers into the concept of a perfect society with utopian, or perfect, ideas and beliefs. This timeless classic, originally written in 1516 and heavily influenced by Plato's Republic, is often read in schools as a required reading.

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Cover description: Sir Thomas More's entertaining description of Utopia, an island supporting a perfectly organized and happy people, was a best-seller when it first appeared in Latin in 1516. This work of a Catholic martyr has later been seen as the source of Anabaptism, Mormonism, and even Communism. Utopia revolutionized Plato's classical blueprint of the perfect republic, mainly by its realism. Locating his island in the (then) New World, More endowed it with a language and poetry, and detailed the length of the working day and even the divorce laws. Such precision gives a disturbing and exciting impact to Utopia, which still remains a book of the future.
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