Examining its relation to ancient and Renaissance political thought, George M. Logan sees Thomas More's Utopia whole, in all its ironic complexity. He finds that the book is not primarily a prescriptive work that restates the ideals of Christian humanism or warns against radical idealism, but an exploration of a particular method of political study and the implications of that method for normative theory.
Originally published in 1983.
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"The best book on Utopia for advanced students."--Clarence H. Miller, executive editor of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More
One of the four "outstanding modern critical accounts" of Utopia (along with works by J. H. Hexter, Stephen Greenblatt, and Quentin Skinner)--David Wootton, editor of Utopia
Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Preface, pg. ix
- Prolegomena, pg. 1
- Chapter One. The Letter to Giles, pg. 19
- Chapter Two. Europe, pg. 32
- Chapter Three. Utopia, pg. 131
- Epilogue. “Utopia” and Renaissance Humanism, pg. 254
- Works Cited, pg. 271
- Index, pg. 289