Utopian thought in the Western world

Frank E. Manuel and Fritzie P. Manuel

This masterly study has a grand sweep. It ranges over centuries, with a long look backward over several millennia. Yet the history it unfolds is primarily the story of individuals: thinkers and dreamers who envisaged an ideal social order and described it persuasively, leaving a mark on their own and later times. The roster of utopians includes men of all stripes in different countries and eras--figures as disparate as More and Fourier, the Marquis de Sade and Edward Bellamy, Rousseau and Marx. Fascinating character studies of the major figures are among the delights of the book. Utopian writings run the gamut from fictional narratives to theoretical treatises, from political manifestos to constitutions for a new society. The Manuels have structured five centuries of utopian invention by identifying successive constellations, groups of thinkers joined by common social and moral concerns. Within this framework they analyze individual writings, in the context of the author's life and of the socio-economic, religious, and political exigencies of his time. Concentrating on innovative works, they highlight disjunctures as well as continuities in utopian thought from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Witty and erudite, challenging in its interpretations and provocative in the questions it poses, the Manuels' anatomy of utopia is an adventure in ideas.

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  • Introduction: The Utopian Propensity PART I: The Ancient and Medieval Wellsprings Paradise and the Millennium The Golden Age of Kronos The Great Transmission PART II: The Birth of Utopia The Passion of Thomas More A Citta Felice for Architects and Philosophers Heaven on Earth for the Common Man PART III: Flowering and Death of the Christian Utopia Pansophia: A Dream of Science Bruno, the Magus of Nola Bacon, Trumpeter of New Atlantis Campanella's City of the Sun Andreae, Pastor of Christianopolis Comenius and His Disciples Topsy-Turvy in the English Civil War The Sun King and His Enemies Leibniz: The Swan Song of the Christian Republic PART IV: Eupsychias of the Enlightenment The Philosophes's Dilemma The Monde Ideal of Jean-Jacques Freedom from the Wheel Turgot on the Future of Mind Condorcet: Progression to Elysium Kant: Beyond Animality PART V: A Revolutionary Diptych New Faces of Love Equality or Death PART VI: The Union of Labor and Love The Battle of the Systems Saint-Simon: The Pear Is Ripe Children of Saint-Simon: The Triumph of Love Fourier: The Burgeoning of Instinct Owen's New Moral World PART VII: Marx and Counter-Marx Marx and Engels in the Landscape of Utopia Comte, High Priest of the Positivist Church Anarchy and the Heroic Proletariat PART VIII: The Twilight of Utopia Utopia Victoriana Darwinism, the Ambiguous Intruder Freudo-Marxism, a Hybrid for the Times EPILOGUE: The Utopian Prospect Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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書名 Utopian thought in the Western world
著作者等 Manuel, Fritzie Prigohzy
Manuel, Frank Edward
Manuel Frank E.
出版元 Belknap Press
刊行年月 c1979
ページ数 vi, 896 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 0674931866
NCID BA0073739X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国