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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.

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Published November 17th 2015 by Wisehouse Classics (first published 1516)
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Henry Avila
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the centuries roll by, more and more books are written about Utopian societies that should be established on Earth, but the few actually tried... fail. Sir Thomas or Saint Thomas More, depending on your affiliation, Utopia , ( greatly influenced by Plato's The Republic) is a satire about tumultuous English politics published in 1516. Raphael Hythloday a Portuguese traveler when Portugal ruled the seas with a very unlikely name for a native of that country.

He recites the story of his life, ha
Huda Yahya
توماس مور كما هو معروف هو أول من صاغ هذه الكلمة
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


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
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Ütopya 8. Henry döneminde Thomas More tarafından tasarlanmış bir kitap. Söz konusu esere konu olan Ütopya savaşın, suçun, ve adaletsizliğin olmadığı hayali bir adadır. Burada özel mülkiyete yer yoktur. Hatta insanlar alışmasınlar diye oturdukları konutlar belli süreler sonra değiştirilmektedir. Orwellin 1984'ünde olduğu gibi herkes herkesi gözetler. Özel alan bulunmadığından, herşey her zaman açıkta, göz önünde ve gözetim altındadır. Özel alanın ortadan kalkması gizliliğin, özelliğin, otonomun y ...more
Paul Bryant
Nov 05, 2007 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Utopia, Thomas More
Utopia is a work of fiction and socio-political satire 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. Many aspects of More's description of Utopia are reminiscent of life in monasteries.
عنوانها: اتوپیا؛ آرمانشهر؛ شهر آرزو؛ نویسنده: توماس مور؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه سپتامبر سال 1988 میلادی
عنوان: شهر آرزو؛ اثر: توماس مور؛ ترجمه: حسین سال
Jan 06, 2008 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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was published in 1516 and it's 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 who visited several countries to satisfy his desire to see the world. He shared some opinions of 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 change ...more
Alex Farrand
The first time I heard of Utopia was in the movie Ever After: A Cinderella Story starring Drew Barrymore. Super cute movie, and I am not a big Cinderella fan. Danielle, or Cinderella, reads this book constantly, because it was the last thing her father gave her before he died. It is her last link to him. I have been sort of curious about this book since then.

Utopia is about the perfect nation. It has wealth. The Prince doesn't take much. There is no thievery, everyone (well mostly) is morally g
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
Luís C.
From the Greek meaning "happy place," Utopia is an ideal country described by Raphael Hythlodaeus, who observed his organization during his many travels.
Based on a collectivist basis, since the property does not exist, life in this company has some advantages: 6 hours of daily work (compared to France in 1840, the legal working week was 78 hours!), Insurance of food to eat, and be properly dressed, no death penalty (at that time in England a simple larceny enough to be hanged), no war (the state
Según el Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua se entiende por Utopía dos cosas: en primer lugar, el "plan, proyecto, doctrina o sistema deseables que parecen de muy difícil realización" y en segundo lugar, la "representación imaginativa de una sociedad futura de características favorecedoras del bien humano".
En este segundo concepto se basó Thomas Moore o Tomás Moro en 1516 para imaginar una isla perfecta habitada y gobernada por gente perfecta en donde todo es perfecto. Es lógi
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ya abi şimdi tamam da olmaz ki böyle ama.
Yani saygı duyuyorum adama . Eyvalla. Anlatıyo güzel güzel. İşte bi ada varmış. Adı Ütopia 'ymış. Orda hayat çok güzelmiş.
Şimdi detay veremeyeceğim. Şöyle özetleyeyim; bu hayatta yaşadığımız saçmalıkların hiç biri yok. Herşey mükemmel. Kanun düzen tıkır tıkır işliyo. Kimse zengin değil, kimse fakir değil, para denen bir şey yok, insanlar hep namuslu hep dürüst hep yardımsever. Hele devlet, tam bir baba. Her vatandaşını her yurttaşını koruyo.
Yani dediği
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.
-- Thomas More, Utopia


After reading Hilary Mantel's amazing first two Booker-prizing winning books of her Henry VIII trilogy (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies), I felt I needed to actually bust into Thomas More's Utopia. How could I consider myself educated and not have at least tasted a bit of More's utopian ideal, his veiled criticisms of European culture and values, and his unobtainable vision of the ideal socie
Lynne King
Painful like pulling teeth...An experience not to be repeated.
(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
Emad Attili
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

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:: :)


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
Sep 19, 2007 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
Jul 23, 2009 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
Jun 06, 2008 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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Literature of the English Country House
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Description: 2016 is the 500th Anniversary of Thomas More's classic work of speculative fiction, which has entered the culture so deeply that the name of his fictional island is the accepted term for our hopes and dreams of a better society. Poet Michael Symmons Roberts dramatisation brings More's strange and enchanting island to
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
This is another book that I had to read because the title become a word in English...I liked the fact that Thomas More was looking for solutions; solutions we are still looking for in this age of globalization - when every country has their own utopian vision. Perhaps that is the "utopian paradox" - how can we all live in peace with differing definitions of utopianism?
Dee Arr
In a classic what-was-I-thinking moment, I purchased “Utopia,” a 600-year-old book billed on Amazon as a “…fiction and socio-political satire.” I am two-thirds of the way through the book, and I am guessing that satire meant something else in the early 1500s.

The book actually reads as a long-winded, mostly one-sided conversation, almost like reading ancient philosophy. As I plowed further and further into the book, I began to create furrows of my own. While I suppose it is unfair to inject today
Alp Turgut
Rönesans'ın en önemli eserlerinden biri olan edebiyata "Ütopya" kelimesini kazandırmış Thomas More'un ölümsüz eseri "Utopia", Platon'un "Devlet" başyapıtının izinden giderek en iyi devletin nasıl olması gerektiğini daha da geliştirip okuyucuya sunuyor. Bir yandan Rönesans'ın en önemli özelliklerinden biri olan hümanizmi desteklerken diğer yandan yarattığı ütopik devletle sosyalizmin tohumlarını atan More'un eleştiri odağına mülkiyeti alması ise kitabın neden bu kadar önemli olduğunu özetler nite ...more
تامس مور در آرمانشهر ميكوشد جامعه اي ايده آل را تصوير كند كه خود خوب ميداند به وجود آمدن چنين جمعي شدني نيست براي همين با بازي با كلمات و ساختن يوتوپيا كه همان هيچ آباد يا ناكجا آباد است، به برخي معضلات هميشگي جوامع اشاره ميكند و به اين نتيجه ميرسد كه شكل كنوني جامعه و دولت و حكومت و همه چيز اصلاح پذير نيست چرا كه يگانه چاره واقعي نجات بشر از بين رفتن سيستم مالي است. ايده يوتوپياي مور اگرچه خام و غيركاربردي، به باور بسياري در نهايت به شكلگيري كمونيسم منجر شده است. فارغ از بعد كاربردي بودن توصيه ...more
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I'm going to be completely honest with y'all because we're all friends here, right? I only read this because I felt like I should have by this point in my life. Good lord I practically slept through it. So dull, but the narrator was good so I think that may have increased my star rating?
Oct 18, 2015 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
Arash Esmaeili
از دیدِ من بهترین قسمتِ این کتاب چند صفحه ی آخر اونه که تامس مور عقایدش در مورد "جامعه همسود" رو بطور "کلی" جمع بندی کرده که میشه با همش موافق بود، اما در بیشترِ متن کتاب که ویژگی های کشوری خیالی به نام یوتوپیا(=آرمانشهر) رو جز به جز بیان کرده،، میشه اشکالات زیادی رو وارد دونست(حداقل از دید من) و خب گریز ناپذیر بوده که نویسنده ی قرن شانزدهمی بعنوان یک قدیس مسیحی سلایق شخصیش رو هم در تصورِ مدینه ی فاضله اش دخالت داده...بطور مثال بعنوان یک معمار با قطعیت میگم ویژگی ای که از معماری یوتوپیا ذکر میکن ...more
David Sarkies
Nov 27, 2013 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
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
From the Intro to the Kindle edition: ‘More’s “Utopia” was written in Latin, and is in two parts, of which the second, describing the place ([Greek text]—or Nusquama, as he called it sometimes in his letters—“Nowhere”), was probably written towards the close of 1515.’

This was a surprise to me as I thought ‘utopia’ meant someplace idyllic. By definition, ‘an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.’ Synonyms are paradise, heaven (on earth), Eden, Garden of Eden, Shangri-L
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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 a councillor to Henry VIII and also served as Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.

More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther
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