The Utopian Inventory

I begin with Tomas More’s Utopia, not because it is the first example of what we might call utopian thinking (Plato’s Republic is one earlier example written approximated 360 B.C.), but because it so clearly crystalizes some of the constitutive principles of this particular genre of mental exercise. It establishes ‘the island’ as the ideal... Continue Reading →


In 1515 the British politician Thomas More was dispatched to Flanders by Henry VIII. While there, he wrote the major part of his novel Utopia, published the subsequent year. In this novel More imagined himself out for a stroll in the streets of Bruges when he is introduced to a traveler; Raphael Hythloday. After a... Continue Reading →

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