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The Influential Classic

More, Thomas

Capstone Classics


1. Edition February 2021
240 Pages, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-119-75438-1
John Wiley & Sons

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What we can learn from a Renaissance nowhere

In 1516, a book was published in Latin with the enigmatic Greek-derived word as its title. Utopia--which could mean either "good-place" or "no-place"--gives a traveler's account of a newly discovered island somewhere in the New World where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based purely on natural reason and justice. As the traveler describes the harmony, prosperity, and equality found there, a dramatic contrast is drawn between the ideal community he portrays and the poverty, crime, and often frightening political conditions of 16th century Europe. Written by Sir Thomas More (1477-1535)--then a rising intellectual star of the Renaissance and ultimately the advisor and friend of Henry VIII who was executed for his devoutly Catholic opposition to the king--Utopia is as complex as its author.

In the form of a Platonic dialogue, Utopia explores topics such as money, property, crime, education, religious tolerance, euthanasia, and feminism. Claimed as a paean to communism (Lenin had More's name inscribed on a statue in Moscow) as often as it has been seen as a defense of traditional medieval values, Utopia began the lineage of utopian thinkers who use storytelling to explore new possibilities for human society--and remains as relevant today as when it was written in Antwerp 500 years ago.
* Explore the issues like feminism, euthanasia, and equality through Renaissance eyes
* Early communist tract or a defense of medieval values? You decide.
* Peer inside the enigmatic mind of the man who dared stand up to Henry VIII
* Appreciate the postmodern possibilities of Platonic dialogue

Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon, this edition features an introduction from writer, economist, and historian Niall Kishtainy.

An Introduction by Niall Kishtainy viii

About Niall Kishtainy xxix


Letter: Thomas More to Peter Giles 1

Letter: Peter Giles to Jerome de Busleyden 11

Letter: Thomas More to Peter Giles 19

"Utopia" 25

Book One 31

Book Two 8