Utopia-9780241382684

Utopia

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by More, Saint Thomas, Baker-Smith, Dominic | Humanities
Published 27/02/2020 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Hardback | 256 pages


In Utopia, Thomas More gives us a traveller's account of a newly discovered island where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based on natural reason and justice, and human fulfilment is open to all. As the traveller, Raphael, describes the island to More, a bitter contrast is drawn between this rational society and the custom-driven practices of Europe. So how can the philosopher try to reform his society? In his fictional discussion, More takes up a question first raised by Plato and which is still a challenge in the contemporary world. In the history of political thought few works have been more influential than Utopia, and few more misunderstood.