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The Philosophy of Utopia - Barbara Goodwin

The Philosophy of Utopia

By: Barbara Goodwin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9780714651538
Number Of Pages: 272

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A special issue of the journal "Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy." This study covers the theory, history and future of utopianism (the belief in an ideal society). Utopias are born out of hope and the desire for social change and for better ways of living. Utopian tests are not mere fantasies but have transformative power: they insist that we have the power to change the world and that society and politics can be different.
This collection of essays addresses the important function of utopianism in social and political philosophy, and includes debates on what its future role will be in a period dominated by dystopian nightmare scenarios. It also raises specific questions such as whether utopias reflect national identity or actually create it, why utopias have often generated technophobia and why so many utopias, although radical in other ways, have retained patriarchal structures. Green utopias and "intentional communities" and living utopian experiments such as Findhorn and Twin Oaks, are considered as political theory put into practice.

Introductionp. 1
'Nothing is, but what is not': Utopias as Practical Political Philosophyp. 9
For Utopia: The (Limits of the) Utopian Function in Late Capitalist Societyp. 25
The Eternal Present of Utopianismp. 44
Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopiap. 56
Utopianism and National Identityp. 87
The Romanian Utopia: The Role of the Intelligentsia in the Communist Implementation of a New Human Paradigmp. 107
The Treatment of the 'Woman Question' in Radical Utopian Political Thoughtp. 116
Green Utopias of Self and Otherp. 140
The Illusion of Permanence: Work Motivation and Membership Turnover at Twin Oaks Communityp. 157
Scientific Utopianism in Francis Bacon and H.G. Wells: From Salomon's House to The Open Conspiracyp. 172
Biotechnology and Utopiap. 189
Religious Narrative, Post-Secularism and Utopiap. 205
The Law-Based Utopiap. 225
Abstractsp. 249
Notes on Contributorsp. 255
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780714651538
ISBN-10: 0714651532
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1