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More's Utopia: the biography of an idea,

Author: J H Hexter
Publisher: New York, Harper & Row [1965]
Series: Harper torchbooks., Academy library ;, TB1195.
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This book in which he rescues a great man from his modern interpreters, is a brilliant example of how historical imagination can be persuasively used. Incidentally, by basing his historical reconstruction on what is no less than scientific evidence. The author has effectively challenged the skepticism of the relativists. His main contention is that More really meant what he said, and did not say what Aquinas or Marx  Read more...
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Hexter, J.H. (Jack H.), 1910-1996.
More's Utopia: the biography of an idea.
New York, Harper & Row [1965]
(OCoLC)756441426
Named Person: Thomas More, Saint; Thomas More
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J H Hexter
OCLC Number: 1317271
Description: xiii, 175 pages 21 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The anatomy of a printed book. The mystery of Utopia ; Search for a narrator ; The curious paragraph ; Reconstruction of Utopia --
pt. 2. The discourse of Utopia. Property in the discourse ; More's "defense" of private property ; The orthodox view : what More's friends believed ; Utopian philosophy and theology ; Planning in the good society ; More as a realist ; More and modern socialism ; The roots of Utopia and all evil ; The Utopia of a Christian humanist --
pt. 3. The dialogue of counsel. "Nusquama nostra" ; The call to counsel : More's personal problem ; The call to counsel : the statesman's problem ; The call to counsel : a Christian humanist dilemma ; The education of Christendom ; Power for good ; The debate on counsel ; What More did ; The answer in the dialogue ; The fateful decision.
Series Title: Harper torchbooks., Academy library ;, TB1195.
Responsibility: J.H. Hexter.

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This book in which he rescues a great man from his modern interpreters, is a brilliant example of how historical imagination can be persuasively used. Incidentally, by basing his historical reconstruction on what is no less than scientific evidence. The author has effectively challenged the skepticism of the relativists. His main contention is that More really meant what he said, and did not say what Aquinas or Marx or anyone else would have meant. More was no social revolutionary in the modern sense, but his contemporaries, including Erasmus, had no doubt about his intention to use the ideal of "Utopia", with its elaborate presentation of a community of property and goods, as the most powerful kind of criticism of sixteenth-century society. [Back cover].

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