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Series: Great Political Thinkers series
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Thomas More (1478-1535), English statesman, author and saint, was a
lawyer, politician and diplomat, a leading member of the
Renaissance of northern Europe and a defender of the Roman Catholic
faith. In the history of political thought More is remembered as
the author of Utopia, a little book which gave rise to a genre of
literature and a name for a mode of theorising, which explicitly
criticises existing political and social arrangements from a
radical perspective and also offers new ideals and illustrates how
these might be realised in an imaginery society. For over four
hundred years the meaning of More's Utopia has confounded scholars.
Many of the ideas advanced in the book, e.g. on rational religion
and religious toleration, seem to be at odds with the events of
More's political career and his practical religious position.
Moreover there is much disagreement about the meaning and
importance of the substantial satiric elements it contains. This
collection contains a great variety of authoritative articles which
not only investigate More's life and the influences on his work,
but also offer the reader a selection of the various
interpretations and comparisons of his writings that scholars have
made in the course of this century.
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