The Philosophy of Utopia

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Barbara Goodwin
Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Philosophy - 265 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction Barhara Goodwin
1
The Limits of the Utopian Function
25
The Eternal Present of Utopianism Jose Eduardo dos Reis
44
Utopianism and National Identity Lyman Tower Sargent
87
The Role of
107
Green Utopias of Self and Other Lucy Sargisson
140
Work Motivation
157
Scientific Utopianism in Francis Bacon
172
Biotechnology and Utopia Brian Stableford
189
Religious Narrative PostSecularism
205
The LawBased Utopia Miguel Angel Ramiro Aviles
225
Abstracts
249
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About the author (2001)

Barbara Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Her books include "Justice by Lottery" (2nd edn. 2005) and "Ethics at Work" (2000) and several books on the political importance of utopian ideas. She has broadcast two series of programmes about democracy on the BBC World Service. Her interests range widely in politics, philosophy and social science.