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Utopia

by Thomas More
Translated by Clarence H. Miller

Yale University Press | February 8, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Utopia is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More''s Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women''s rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare, Utopia seems remarkably contemporary nearly five centuries after it was written, and it remains a foundational text in philosophy and political theory.

Preeminent More scholar Clarence H. Miller does justice to the full range of More''s rhetoric in this new translation. Professor Miller includes a helpful introduction that outlines some of the important problems and issues that Utopia raises, and also provides informative commentary to assist the reader throughout this challenging and rewarding exploration of the meaning of political community.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.21 in

Published: February 8, 2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300084293

ISBN - 13: 9780300084290

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice Idea In these uncertain times it's a relief to escape away with one's imagination to a place where all things are equal. Sir Thomas More gives us that escape. As unlikely as it is, it's a wonderful idea and ideal - especially in this world that we live.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only $3? I must admit I was slightly disappointed when I noticed Utopia was available for peanuts--$3 on chapters. I read this for the first time second year of University. As an English major and history enthusiast I was surprised I hadn't gotten around to reading it before. Utopia, not a word of a lie, changed my life. I know it is satire, but if you truly think about the words he is saying, you will laugh out loud, yell and shout in agreement and just enjoy yourself. Utopia is worth the read, it was far from boring for 16th century literature.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Challenge to Individualism This book is an excellent affront to modern day capitalism. In amazing detail More satires the rise of idustustrialism and its individual emphasis. A must read for those interested in political change.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Utopia

by Thomas More
Translated by Clarence H. Miller

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.64 × 2.41 × 0.21 in

Published: February 8, 2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300084293

ISBN - 13: 9780300084290

From the Publisher

First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More''s Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women''s rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare, Utopia seems remarkably contemporary nearly five centuries after it was written, and it remains a foundational text in philosophy and political theory.

Preeminent More scholar Clarence H. Miller does justice to the full range of More''s rhetoric in this new translation. Professor Miller includes a helpful introduction that outlines some of the important problems and issues that Utopia raises, and also provides informative commentary to assist the reader throughout this challenging and rewarding exploration of the meaning of political community.

About the Author

Born in London, the son of a judge, More became an important statesman and scholar. He was also one of the most eminent humanists of the Renaissance. Educated at Oxford, More became an under-sheriff of London and, later, a member of Parliament. Under King Henry VIII he served as Treasurer of the Exchequer, speaker of the House of Commons, and, finally, Lord Chancellor. More is probably best known for his Utopia, which was written in Latin (then the language of literary and intellectual Europe). It was translated into English in 1551. As the first part of this small masterpiece indicates, when More was weighing the offer to be an adviser to Henry VIII he was well aware of the compromises, bitterness, and frustration that such an office involved. In the second part, More develops his famous utopia---a Greek word punning on the meanings "a good place" and "no place"---a religious, communistic society where the common ownership of goods, obligatory work for everyone, and the regular life of all before the eyes of all ensure that one's baser nature will remain under control. Inspired by Plato's (see Vols. 3 and 4) Republic, More's Utopia became in turn the urbane legacy of the humanistic movement (in which More's friends were most notably Erasmus (see Vol. 4), John Colet, and William Grocyn) to succeeding ages. More also wrote a history, Richard III, which, if arguably the first instance of modern historiography in its attention to character and its departure from chronicle, is al
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