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First published in 1516, Thomas More's Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women's rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare, Utopia seems rema ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published by Rés-Editora/Público (first published 1516)
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Huda Yahya
توماس مور كما هو معروف هو أول من صاغ هذه الكلمة
يوتوبيا
وهي تعني في لغتها الأصلية :ليس في مكان

وهكذا راح يتصور مور في كتابه هذا المجتمع مثالي

كما هكذا بدأت بذور فلسفة المدينة الفاضلة
وربما الاشتراكية أيضا بشكل طفيف

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إن نموذج مور لهو نموذج خيالي بحت
حتى في اختياره للمكان
فهو ليس موجود على الخريطة
يبدو مثالي كامل
متحرر من كل الشرور التي تعاني منها البشرية على الأرض

وأحيانا وأنت تقرأ هذا الكتاب المميز والنادر
تراه وقد حول البشر دون أن يشعر لآلات ضخمة منتجة
في سبيل ذلك الخير الأسمى الذي لا يتحق
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Paul Bryant
Sep 28, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels

Thomas More's life blah blah feudalism, in which virtually all power resided with enormous white ducks while the peasants had to wear roller skates even in bed. The late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries blah blah Renaissance, a flowering of platform heel shoes and massive shagging blah blah Italy blah blah large glands. Aspects of this blah blah the ducks. Blah blah discovery of smaller ducks, at first denied by Pope Barbary VII. Vasco da Gama proved ducks were American not from Byzantium
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Ryan
Jan 06, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The term 'utopia' in the way we use it today, to refer to an ideal but unattainable state, comes from this book, which More wrote in 1516. The form is political critique disguised as fantasy disguised as travelogue. More casts himself as the recorder of Raphael Hythloday's travels to the island of Utopia, where, despite their lack of Christianity, the people are closer to realizing the Christian ideal society through rational government than Europe ever was. Today serious criticism doesn't have ...more
Madeline
Interesting, mostly just because it's cool to see what people (or at least Thomas More) considered to be an ideal society back then. Because really, it isn't.

There's a lot that I thought was really strange about Utopia (Latin for "no place"), but here's what I remember most: when parents are considering marrying their children off, they have the two teenagers stand naked in front of each other (accompanied by dependable chaperones, of course) so they can make sure neither of them has any weird
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Mahdy
Sep 19, 2007 Mahdy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas More is traveling in the Low Countries when he sees his friend, Peter Giles. Giles introduces him to a well-traveled friend of his, Raphael Hythloday.

Raphael speaks of many countries and their policies and laws, and freely criticizes the laws of their own countries.He then begins speaking of a country, Utopia, which he thinks is ruled very well and is a perfect country.

More begs Raphael to speak more of Utopia, and he does. He first tells of their towns, which are all as identical as poss
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Luís Blue Yorkie
Far from intending to do an academic and classical review, as the work deserves, I try here just not far from the approach to work, allowing a panoramic view those who want to know the essence of the book. Utopia is a fictional island and the protagonist, Raphael Hithloday describes the social organization, political and religious inhabitants, presenting in detail the uses and customs of the island. By creating this character, Thomas Morus will describe all the way of life of that society where ...more
El
(I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel: A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt.)

In 1516, some guy called Thomas More put out this little book describing a fictional place called Utopia. What kills me about this little book is that More wrote it in Latin. Latin. I can barely write in English most days.

So this island of Utopia shows a completely organized society where everyone seems to be exc
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Emadeddin
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كلنا نحلم بذلك المكان الجميل، المليء بالفراشات!
إذا كنت تعتقد أن مثل هذا المكان غير موجود على أرض الواقع، فأنت مخطىء تماماً! إنه موجود! وهناك شخص واحد زاره وعاد قبل مدة كي يخبرنا عن مباهجه وعن مدى روعته وإبهاره! هذا الشخص هو رافائيل هايثلوداي، راوي قصة :: يوتوبيا:: :)

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يوتوبيا (المدينة الفاضلة) ليست كالمدن الأخرى!
تخيل فقط، مكانا لا حروب فيه، لا فقر، لا قهر. تخيل مكاناً فيه تُمطِر السماء مارشميللو :) باختصار، تخيل مكانا معاكسا بشكل أفضل للمكان الذي تعيش فيه أنت حالياً. ممتاز، هذا المكان الذي تخيلته
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Yann
Thomas More était un anglais contemporain et ami d’Érasme. Nourri de littérature antique, il fut un traducteur du fameux Lucien. Il périt par décollation pour s'être opposé au terrible Henry VIII.

Dans cet ouvrage, il décrit dans une première partie très intéressante l'état politique peu reluisant de l'Angleterre à l'aube du XVIème siècle, où la rapacité de quelques uns prive la majorité de moyens de subsistance, et les condamne à la mendicité ou au vol, punis par la dernière rigueur, sans que l
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David Sarkies
Apr 02, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social Reformers
Recommended to David by: Star Trek
Shelves: philosophy
The perfect society as a critique of Tudor England
30 November 2013

I was going to open this commentary with 'where no man has gone before' until I realised that the opening to Star Trek is actually 'Space, the final frontier' and then rambles on a bit more before saying 'to boldly go where no man has gone before'. You may be wondering why I am connecting a book written by a 16th century clergy man with a very popular science-fiction series from the 1960s, and in some cases I may be asking that q
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Miriam
Jan 26, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ideas
More's fusion of Christianity, socialism, and republicanism reflects his humanist conception of an ideal society, and in so doing constitutes criticism of contemporary English society. More argues that virtue is natural and something for which all humans have an innate desire. He characterizes virtue more concretely than most philosophers of his day, defining it as doing the utmost to increase happiness (found primarily in simple pleasures) for all. The state should remain minimal and intervene ...more
tyranus
Oct 21, 2015 tyranus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İngiliz devlet adamı Thomas More'un kendi çağının İngilteresine siyasi bir önerisidir. Thomas More'un hayatını okuduktan sonra, aşırı dindar bir katoliğin Ütopya gibi sosyalizmin en saf/yalın kitabını yazmış olmasına şaşırabilirsiniz. Kendi döneminde meydana gelen katolik reformlarına şiddetle karşı çıkan, dinsizlere en ağır cezaları veren bir yargıcın/devlet adamının yazdığı kitapta tüm dinlere hoşgörüyle yaklaşması, din ve vicdan özgürlüğünü savunması, ortak iş yükünü/mülkiyetini en iyi yöneti ...more
Matthias
Dec 24, 2015 Matthias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-reviews
This book has been close to a revelation for me. It took me completely by surprise, considering these ancient books always seemed rather dry to me, however intelligent their writer. I don't know how much of this is owed to the translator, Paul Turner, but I reckon at least enough for him to merit the explicit mention here.

I used to be, I still am in fact, very fond of dystopian novels. Brave New World and 1984 are classic examples which I thoroughly enjoyed. But after reading Utopia, I'm left fa
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Robb
May 23, 2009 Robb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. I am really surprised I hadn't heard of this author or this book before. It has been quite a while since a book was able to affect and stimulate me on an intellectual level. Utopia is a great work that touches on so many ideas that were surprisingly well ahead of his time. He developed theories on Communism, capitalism, philosophy, religion, social justice centuries before big names such as Marx, Engles, Smith, Locke, Rawls, etc came onto the scene and told us the best ...more
Amanda
I very much enjoyed this classic piece of literature. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't think it is meant to be a model for a real society. It is in fact a quixotic idea of what a perfect society might look like, but I am not going to criticize a work of fiction just because it is not necessarily a realistic plan for a real state/country/world.

That being said, I do believe the purpose of More's work is to make people seriously consider some of the things that are wrong with our culture and ho
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Deborah
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Ryan
Jun 06, 2008 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Commies, socialists, naive suburban kids

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Poorly written, annoyingly condescending, ridiculously simplistic and more than anything, stupid.
No wonder why the commies (Lenin and others) commemorated More in the early days of communist Russia. his ideals are to "get rid of the beggars" by forced labor, allow no private ownership of anything, no specialization of labor, (yet still have a highly artistic/agrarian society, everything totally equal, (except for the "temporary" ruling class) a b
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A.J.
Mar 09, 2009 A.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
If you need a reason to be a pinko communist sissy, I imagine you can do a little better than this. The Greek word for utopia actually means "no-place" or "nonsense". For the two or three of you who still haven't figured out why people use Marx's Manifesto as toilet paper, you might actually appreciate the ideas presented here, but bear in mind that it's likely not even Thomas More himself was taking it seriously.

You could call this a work of fiction as much as one of philosophy or political th
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Ana Sofia
Mar 19, 2016 Ana Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My evaluation is of 4.5*! This book is amazing! I really enjoyed reading it! Although it was a to-read book for college I was quite surprised for liking it so much. Every page is a constant brainstorm and you feel amazed with all the hard truths about our world. Of course I don't believe that such place like Utopia could ever exist, but I think that we can make our world a whole lot better, because what we're doing now isn't enough! If you agree with me you'll love this!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is not going to be an easy review to write, and in fact I'm dreading it and have already put it off for a day. I've tried to create some structure by first talking about the book, and then More himself, because you can't really discuss one without the other, and they'll be all tangled up otherwise.

Still, I shall probably get lost amongst all the ideas and things I wanted to say, anyway, and forget everything else I meant to include.

THE UTOPIA

While in Antwerp with his friend Peter Giles, Th
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Owlseyes
Aug 28, 2015 Owlseyes marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-lit, utopia



Notes collected:

"you [Raphael] neither desire wealth nor greatness"



More had been assigned by King Henry VIII to get to Flanders. In Brussels he's got a dear friend named Peter,who introduces More to this philosopher/traveller called Raphael Hythloday. His four voyages have been published; he's Portuguese by birth and knows a lot about nations and countries.He's been to Ceylon, India and many other places.

But More is puzzled :how such a man is not serving under a monarch....why not to apply his
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Jeniann
Nov 21, 2012 Jeniann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I read this in high school, but of course I didn't really appreciate it then. What made this book even more interesting to me was reading about how it's been interpreted over time, probably incorrectly in many cases. Although people have interpreted it as More writing about what the ideal society looked like and it has been promoted by communists as such, Sir Thomas More probably didn't really write this book about an ideal society, and he intentionally made things about it that weren't ideal. C ...more
Riley
Nov 22, 2009 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, which shows how long social questions of class have been topics of conversation. Given that this book appeared in 1516, consider this passage: "In fact, when I consider any social system that prevails in the modern world, I can't, so help me God, see it as anything but a conspiracy of the rich to advance their own interests under the pretext of organizing society. They think up all sorts of tricks and dodges, first for keeping their ill-gotten gains, and then for exploting t ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Some very interesting ideas presented here, and this book was much easier to read than I had thought it would be. For some reason I thought this would be very obtuse philosophical work, but it read more like Gulliver's Travels.

In fact I found it to be very similar to Gulliver's Travels in many ways, both are told as travel logs about strange societies which represent an idea or show something that needs to be changed in our society.
James
Oct 06, 2007 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: European History Interests...maybe
Shelves: classical
Thomas More was better at being a martyr then being an engaging writer. Probably going to hell now, but with all the science fiction out there, all the utopia/dystopia motifs oozing out of everything, and this version not even being the first example of a literary Utopia (not to mention that this "Utopia" is clearly no utopia at all), this book is better left to Medieval literature classes or on the shelf all together.
Ténzom
So once upon a time, Thomas More says to Raphael Hythloday, "Yo man, tell me more about this place, this Utopia." And so Hythloday's like:

"Oh my god, Utopia's like the coolest, most awesomest country in the Universe ever. Me and my friends crashed there for like some time and we had such a bomb time getting to know the rad Utopians and how they did what they did, the way they lived and cool shit like that. The things they do are like soooo different from what the rest of us are used to! Oh like,
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Florencia
This book was published in 1516 and it is divided into two parts. The first one made my eyes feel exhausted, so I can sum up all that, just by saying that More found his friend Peter and this one introduced him to a fella named Raphael, a man that visited several countries to satisfy his desire of seeing the world. He shared some opinions on the political scenario of his time (a bit familiar; whether you are talking about yesterday's kingdoms or today's democratic governments, some things never ...more
Tanja
This was a very interesting book to read – there are many things More wrote that I agree with but also quite a few I disagree with.

One of my favorite quotes is at the beginning of the book and it’s what really hooked me when I started reading it:

“Now if in such a court, made up of persons who envy all others and only admire themselves, a person should but propose anything that he had either read in history or observed in his travels, the rest would think that the reputation of their wisdom would
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Marie
Jan 02, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was Thomas More a socialist? The age doesn't seem to suggest it so, neither do his education and goals. A big enthusiast of spiritual learning and humor himself, he wrote a precisely accurate critique of the England of his day. A man of an undoubtedly ascending political career, way too tied to whatever the King decided (it was the 1500s after all) and influenced by Erasmus. Free speech was one of his passions, but no, there was no First Amendment to attain to, in case the King considered you we ...more
Annie
Feb 16, 2016 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Finally getting around to this- one of the big daddies of political theories, the original communist manifesto, the ultimate idealist project.

It’s charming, More’s earnest, sincere, naivete (I really don’t believe it was intended as a satire- in my experience, Catholic saints don’t generally have a jaunty sense of humour) is simultaneously childishly cute and unendurably myopic.

It’s like he’s just so gung-ho about how a perfectly just society is possible that he doesn’t seem to notice that his
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Sir Thomas More (/ˈmɔːr/; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated by Catholics as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.

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