Utopian thought of St. Thomas More and its development in Literature

Author: Fortier, Mardelle
Fortier, Robert
A major contribution to scholarship is the exploration of St. Thomas More's philosophy concerning the conflict of Reason and Power in Book I of Utopia, since most scholarly work has concentrated on Book II, the vision of the utopian society itself. The philosophical conflict between Reason and Power discussed by Thomas More is also the central problem in various utopian literary works setting forth Scientific, Humanistic, Collectivist, New Age, and Natural Utopias.


"The authors' work could very easily be classified as an exemplary exercise in elucidation, synthesis, and comparative analysis resulting in a provoking nudge to modern society to inspect and evaluate its morals, mores, priorities, and self-direction. . . . From the perspective of scholarship, they render the student a fine service by clear and precise explication of the concept of utopia and its counterpoint, anti-utopian vision." - Eileen Ward

"There is much that is serviceable in this volume. Each example of utopia or dystopia from literature is accompanied by a short precis which covers the text. Indeed the book could be used as preamble within a literature or political theory course. . . . One of the benefits of The Utopian Thought of St. Thomas More is that while it addresses many of the key works in the field, it also raises other questions about man and the state which need to be completed in an ethics section or in political philosophy." - Utopian Studies

". . . their chosen methodology which combines literary, philosophical and social analysis makes their explorations fruitful and their work a pleasure to read. . . . Each of the chapters ends with an overview of present day social and political conditions