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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 rem ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published February 8th 2001 by Yale University Press (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
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
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Ryan
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
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
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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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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
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Rıdvan
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
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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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Emad Attili
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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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Mahdy
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
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Darwin8u
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

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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
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Miriam
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
Bettie☯
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
JAN 2017: Youtube 6mins 54secs

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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
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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
Ryan
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
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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
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
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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
Amanda
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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tyranus
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
booklady
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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A.J.
Jan 20, 2009 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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Robb
May 20, 2009 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
Deborah
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Matthias
Aug 05, 2014 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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Raha
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy

تلاش خلاقانه ی نویسنده جهت جلوه بخشیدن به شهری آرمانی و رویائی با پرداختن به کوچکترین و کم اهمیت ترین جزئیات ، این کتاب رو به اثری متفاوت و قابل تامل بدل کرده
با این حال "یوتوپیا" شهری ست خیالی که هیچ شباهتی به ایده ال های بشر امروزی ندارد ، چه برسد به اینکه فردی خواهان زندگی در چنین محیط کسل کننده ای باشد ... همچنین که این اثر در زمان خودش هم مورد توجه عامه قرار نگرفت و شانزده سال پس از اعدام "مور" بود که این اثر به زبان انگلیسی، ترجمه و منتشرشد
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غرور خوشبختی خود را نه در دارائیهای خود بلکه در
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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
Mario
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.


Well this was quite a surprise. After I read a few pages of this book, I thought that I was going to hate every single minute of reading it, but now I can say that I quite enjoyed it.

Utopia is a book about 'a good place
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Ana Sofia
Feb 19, 2016 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!
Owlseyes
Jul 15, 2014 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 h
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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.

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