Thursday, February 2, 2012
Utopia, by Thomas More
Barnes & Noble
First published in 1516, 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.
I was so excited about this book. The original Dystopian fiction! It barely held my interest and my mind kept wandering. I think I'll stick with modern Dystopia.