Utopia

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Utopia by Victor-Emmanuel Brett Summary

Née des cendres de notre monde, l’Utopie règne sur Elysia. Le dernier refuge de l’Humanité où elle a prospéré au cours des deux derniers siècles. Une ville égalitaire, qui vise à combler chaque désir de son peuple. Où la guerre n’est plus qu’un lointain et mauvais souvenir. Où le bonheur est maître-mot. Caine et Elias sont deux jeunes hommes que tout oppose, si ce n’est une chose : ils vont avoir dix-huit ans. L’âge auquel Elysia leur ouvre ses portes. Leur chemin, loin d’être tracé, les projette alors vers des mondes radicalement différents. Des tours d’albâtres d’Elysia aux confins des contrées périlleuses, leurs découvertes réduiront à néant toutes leurs certitudes. À l’exception d’une seule : un secret se cache derrière l’Utopie.

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Utopia by Laurent Lavoie Summary

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Utopia by Krystian Lupa Summary

Krystian Lupa s'adresse aux acteurs, leur rend hommage - et dévoile son travail de pédagogue et de metteur en scène de génie.

L'Utopia de Thomas More et la tradition platonicienne

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L'Utopia de Thomas More et la tradition platonicienne by Jean-Yves Lacroix Summary

L'Utopie de Thomas More, reference originaire de l'utopie, se revendique platonicienne. Le fait est pourtant que la description detaillee de la forme achevee d'Utopie, en ne separant plus l'essence intelligible de l'existence sensible, du coup immediatement determinee en verite, presente une tout autre ontologie. L'indetermination utopique est alors fondamentalement dans la position imaginaire de cette cite parfaite supposee sans condition effective, ce qu'exprime specialement le caractere oblique de l'ecriture, et cela invite a revenir en contre-point sur le sens propre de l' atopie socratique. C'est dans cette perspective que l'ouvrage examine les elements constitutifs de l'essence utopique: principalement le plaisir, le communisme, le travail et les lois, ou encore le mal et l'histoire. Le pivot de l'Utopie est l'humanitas qui, ancree dans l'Infini divin, rend parfaite la Terre des hommes. L'ouvrage s'efforce en consequence d'y rapporter les deplacements et les mutations qui, dans la tradition platonicienne comme dans sa critique, peuvent aider a comprendre le passage des Dialogues a l'Utopie. Son enjeu plus general est d'en degager des utopismes, en particulier materialistes, et ce du Fini a l'Infini.

Utopia XXI

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Utopia XXI by Aymeric Caron Summary

Il y a cinq cents ans, en 1517, l'Europe découvrait Utopia de Thomas More, publié à la fin de l'année précédente. Dans cet ouvrage visionnaire, More dénonçait les dérives des pouvoirs monarchique et religieux en vigueur et proposait un modèle de société radicalement nouveau, reposant sur la solidarité, le partage, la tolérance, l'éducation et le temps libre. L'Utopie était alors un nom propre inventé par More pour désigner une île où régnait le gouvernement idéal assurant le bonheur de tous. Cinq siècles plus tard, l'utopie est devenue un nom commun. Un nom que l'on hésite à utiliser, car il renvoie généralement à un projet coupé de la réalité. Pourtant, de nos jours, les irréalistes ne sont pas ceux qu'on croit : ceux qui sont aveugles sont les dirigeants actuels. La démocratie qu'ils promeuvent n'en est pas vraiment une ; la liberté, l'égalité et la fraternité constituent un slogan vide de sens ; l'argent règne en despote en consacrant des hiérarchies mensongères ; le productivisme et la croissance sont des objectifs destructeurs désormais inadaptés à notre époque ; l'exploitation animale repose sur un déni de réalité à l'égard des animaux non humains ; le terrorisme le plus dangereux est celui des entreprises qui tuent des millions de personnes chaque année avec l'assentiment des gouvernements. Utopia XXI est une mise à jour de l'ouvrage de Thomas More. Aymeric Caron y présente le projet d'une nouvelle utopie qui affirme l'urgence d'une société écologiste, antispéciste, pacifiste, et solidaire : semaine de travail limitée à 15 heures, plafonnement des revenus à 10 000 euros par mois, fin du scrutin majoritaire à deux tours, instauration d'un permis de voter, gratuité de l'information, interdiction de la spéculation, abolition partielle des frontières, reconnaissance des crimes contre l'animalité, limitation des naissances, instauration d'un quotient de bonheur à la place du PIB, instauration d'une biodémocratie... Ce monde qui ressemble à un rêve est pourtant le seul possible aujourd'hui.

La Légende d'Utopia

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Cap sur Utopia

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Cap sur Utopia by Joseph Antoine Manzanza Summary

En quête de connaissance et de vérité, Ardeur décide de partir à l'aventure et de découvrir le monde. Après avoir traversé la forêt hostile qui borde son village, le destin l'amènera à Utopia. Le temps s'y écoule lentement, les gens mènent une vie communautaire et participative où paix, entraide et sérénité règnent en maîtres mots d'un univers dont il ne soupçonnait même pas l'existence... À travers le récit initiatique de son héros, Candide des temps modernes, Joseph Antoine Manzanza entreprend de dépeindre un rêve, celui d'un monde épris de paix et de justice: Utopia, ou lorsque philosophie, spiritualité et morale s'entremêlent dans une satire sociale et religieuse qui épingle nos travers, petits et grands, pour imaginer ensemble l'humanité – enfin – sous son plus beau jour.

Utopia/Dystopia

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Utopia/Dystopia by Michael D. Gordin,Helen Tilley,Gyan Prakash Summary

The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas. Rather than locate utopias in grandiose programs of future totality, the book treats these concepts as historically grounded categories and examines how individuals and groups throughout time have interpreted utopian visions in their daily present, with an eye toward the future. From colonial and postcolonial Africa to pre-Marxist and Stalinist Eastern Europe, from the social life of fossil fuels to dreams of nuclear power, and from everyday politics in contemporary India to imagined architectures of postwar Britain, this interdisciplinary collection provides new understandings of the utopian/dystopian experience. The essays look at such issues as imaginary utopian perspectives leading to the 1856-57 Xhosa Cattle Killing in South Africa, the functioning racist utopia behind the Rhodesian independence movement, the utopia of the peaceful atom and its global dissemination in the mid-1950s, the possibilities for an everyday utopia in modern cities, and how the Stalinist purges of the 1930s served as an extension of the utopian/dystopian relationship. The contributors are Dipesh Chakrabarty, Igal Halfin, Fredric Jameson, John Krige, Timothy Mitchell, Aditya Nigam, David Pinder, Marci Shore, Jennifer Wenzel, and Luise White.

The Concept of Utopia

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The Concept of Utopia by Ruth Levitas Summary

Probes the contested concept of utopia, examining the different ways in which it has been used by commentators and theorists in both liberal and Marxist radiations. The works of Karl Mannheim, Georges Sorel, Ernst Bloch, William Morris, and Herbert Marcuse are studied. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Interpreting Thomas More's Utopia

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Interpreting Thomas More's Utopia by John C. Olin Summary

The proceedings of a symposium commemorating the 450th anniversary of Thomas More's death and the 50th anniversary of his canonization, Interpreting Thomas More's Utopia presents four leading Morean scholars on various aspects central to understanding More's masterpiece. An introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo in which he assesses More's influence on his career in public life precedes this stimulating discussion. The contributions, in order of appearance, are A Personal Appreciationby Mario M. Cuomo, The Argument of Utopiaby George M. Logan, The Key to Nowhere: Pride and Utopiaby Thomas I. White, Utopia and Martyrdomby Germain Marc'hadour, and The Idea of Utopia from Hesiod to John Paul IIby John C. Olin.

Ideology and Utopia

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Ideology and Utopia by Karl Mannheim Summary

Ideology and Utopia argues that ideologies are mental fictions whose function is to veil the true nature of a given society. They originate unconsciously in the minds of those who seek to stabilise a social order. Utopias are wish dreams that inspire the collective action of opposition groups which aim at the entire transformation of society. Mannheim shows these two opposing elements to dominate not only our social thought but even unexpectedly to penetrate into the most scientific theories in philosophy, history and the social sciences. This new edition contains a new preface by Bryan S. Turner which describes Mannheim's work and critically assesses its relevance to modern sociology. The book is published with a comprehensive bibliography of Mannheim's major works.

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Utopia by Thomas More,David Wootton Summary

Wootton's new translation brings out the liveliness of More's work and offers an accurate and reliable version of a masterpiece of social theory. His edition is further distinguished by the inclusion of a translation of Erasmus's 'The Sileni Of Alcibades', a work very close in sentiment to Utopia, and one immensely influential in the sixteenth century. This attractive combination suits the edition especially well for use in Renaissance and reformation courses. Wootton's introduction simultaneously provides a remarkably useful guide to anyone's first reading of More's mysterious work and advance an original argument on the origins and purpose of Utopia which no one interested in sixteenth-century social theory will want to miss.

Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England

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Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England by Christopher Kendrick Summary

With the emergence of utopia as a cultural genre in the sixteenth century, a dual understanding of alternative societies, as either political or literary, took shape. In Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England, Christopher Kendrick argues that the chief cultural-discursive conditions of this development are to be found in the practice of carnivalesque satire and in the attempt to construct a valid commonwealth ideology. Meanwhile, the enabling social-political condition of the new utopian writing is the existence of a social class of smallholders whose unevenly developed character prevents it from attaining political power equivalent to its social weight. In a detailed reading of Thomas More's Utopia, Kendrick argues that the uncanny dislocations, the incongruities and blank spots often remarked upon in Book II's description of Utopian society, amount to a way of discovering uneven development, and that the appeal of Utopian communism stems from its answering the desire of the smallholding class (in which are to be numbered European humanists) for unity and power. Subsequent chapters on Rabelais, Nashe, Marlowe, Bacon, Shakespeare, and others show how the utopian form engages with its two chief discursive preconditions, carnival and commonwealth ideologies, while reflecting the history of uneven development and the smallholding class. Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England makes a novel case for the social and cultural significance of Renaissance utopian writing, and of the modern utopia in general.

More: Utopia

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More: Utopia by Sir Thomas More (Saint),Thomas More Summary

A fully revised edition of one of the most successful volumes in the entire series of Cambridge Texts.

The Task of Utopia

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The Task of Utopia by Erin McKenna Summary

Are utopian visions viable in the 21st century? Utopia has been equated, for many, with totalitarianism. Such visions are not acceptable. The loss of utopian visions altogether is also unacceptable. This book argues that American Pragmatism and Feminist theory can combine to provide a process model of utopia that pushes to build a flexible future that helps us deal with change, conflict, and diversity without resorting to fixed ends.

Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century

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Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century by Brenda Tooley Summary

Focusing on eighteenth-century constructions of symbolic femininity and eighteenth-century women's writing in relation to contemporary utopian discourse, this volume adjusts our understanding of the utopia of the Enlightenment, placing a unique emphasis on colonial utopias. These essays reflect on issues related to specific configurations of utopias and utopianism by considering in detail English and French texts by both women (Sarah Scott, Sarah Fielding, Isabelle de Charrière) and men (Paltock and Montesquieu). The contributors ask the following questions: In the influential discourses of eighteenth-century utopian writing, is there a place for 'woman,' and if so, what (or where) is it? How do 'women' disrupt, confirm, or ground the utopian projects within which these constructs occur? By posing questions about the inscription of gender in the context of eighteenth-century utopian writing, the contributors shed new light on the eighteenth-century legacies that continue to shape contemporary views of social and political progress.

Women, Space and Utopia, 1600-1800

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Women, Space and Utopia, 1600-1800 by Nicole Pohl Summary

The first full-length study of women's utopian spatial imagination in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this book explores the sophisticated correlation between identity and social space. The investigation is driven by conceptual questions and thus seeks to link theoretical debates about space, gender and utopianism to historiographic debates about the (gendered) social production of space. Specific attention is given to spaces that feature widely in contemporary utopian imagination: Arcadia, the palace, the convent, the harem and the country house.

Thinking Utopia

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Thinking Utopia by Jörn Rüsen,Michael Fehr,Thomas Rieger Summary

The final bankruptcy of the great socialist experiment in Eastern Europe appeared to sound a death knell for utopian thought. In 'Thinking Utopia' an effort is made to rehabilitate the concept of political utopia, arguing that utopian ideas continue to be relevant in the modern world.