2017年2月8日 星期三

UTOPIA (1516) by Thomas More


Utopians transported into developed countries of today would be pleasantly surprised to discover that their rights to religious freedom, divorce, equal employment, welfare payments, health care and democracy were now taken for granted

More was born on February 7th 1478
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Thomas, Sir More was born in London, England on this day in 1478.

"I think putting thieves to death is not lawful; and it is plain and obvious that it is absurd and of ill consequence to the commonwealth that a thief and a murderer should be equally punished; for if a robber sees that his danger is the same if he is convicted of theft as if he were guilty of murder, this will naturally incite him to kill the person whom otherwise he would only have robbed; since, if the punishment is the same, there is more security, and less danger of discovery, when he that can best make it is put out of the way; so that terrifying thieves too much provokes them to cruelty."
―from UTOPIA (1516) by Thomas More
First published in 1516, during a period of astonishing political and technological change, Sir Thomas More’s Utopia depicts an imaginary society free of private property, sexual discrimination, violence, and religious intolerance. Raphael Hythloday, a philospher and world traveler, describes to the author and his friend an island nation he has visited called Utopia (combining the Greek ou-topos and eu-topos, for “no place” and “good place,” respectively). Hythloday believes the rational social order of the Utopians is far superior to anything in Europe, while his listeners find many of their customs appealing but absurd. Given the enigmatic ambivalence of the character that More named after himself and the playful Greek puns he sprinkled throughout (including Hythloday’s name, which means “knowing nonsense”), it is difficult to know what precisely More meant his readers to make of all the innovations of his Utopia. But its radical humanism has had an incalculable effect on modern history, and the callenge of its vision is as insistent today as it was in the Renaissance. With an introduction by Jenny Mezciems. READ more here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/…/utopia-by-thomas-more/



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Thomas More wrote Utopia 500 years ago; London Design Biennale


‘Though no man has anything, yet they are all rich’: that’s how Thomas More organised his Utopian island society. Could you imagine giving up all possessions for the common good? 📻


Celebrating More's radical book and its political influence in the past and present
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