Narrator: Douglas McDonald
Published by Cornerstone Studio on 06-23-17
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia) is a work of fiction and political philosophy by Thomas More (1478–1535) published in 1516 in Latin. The book is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs.
Thomas More is traveling in the Low Countries, where he meets Raphael Hythloday, who will tell him tales of a country where they have achieved perfection in many senses. Written in latin in 1516, ‘Utopia’ is a compendium of what More thinks should be an ideal society.
Even though it is slightly old fashioned (it is 500 years old!) I think it is a must read for anyone with a bit of interest in politics and sociology. This word was taken later on to describe a perfect society, even though the society described by More was far from perfect.
The book covers diverse aspects like: government, work, relationships, spare time, and war. Many of the items are very well thought, even though I do not know how realistic it would be in the end. This is a society where money does not exist, where people just need to work six hours per day, and where all is shared among everybody.
It is a kind of communism where religion is permitted, and what is more, everybody is free to chose which religion they want to practice. There is no mention of people being able to chose not to follow a religion, but I guess the options are limited, as it happens with all the rest.
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