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
1
Utopias as Practical Political Philosophy
9
The Limits of the Utopian Function in Late Capitalist Society
25
The Eternal Present of Utopianism
44
Isaiah Berlin William Morris and the Politics of Utopia
56
Utopianism and National Identity
87
The Role of the Intelligentsia in the Communist Implementation of a New Human Paradigm
107
The Treatment of the Woman Question in Radical Utopian Political Thought
116
Work Motivation and Membership Turnover at Twin Oaks Community
157
From Salomons House to The Open Conspiracy
172
Biotechnology and Utopia
189
Religious Narrative PostSecularism and Utopia
205
The LawBased Utopia
225
Abstracts
249
Notes on Contributors
255
Index
258

Green Utopias of Self and Other
140

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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.