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Newtopia 2

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions of Utopian novels to put on a student reading list.  Some may have to be promoted to the required reading syllabus.  I am ashamed of course of my own ignorance of many of these, but there's nothing new in that.  ANd as Samuel Joihnson (him I've read) says,   “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” I know where.


Apr. 14th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
Re: Utopia scholarship
Seven volumes! I'll begin with the review, thanks for the hint. I don't think Utopia stopped with the Jetsons, but dystopia certainly took the lead. The principle of a counterexample -- where everything is wonderful, even absurdly wonderful -- being able to spur thoughts on how to bring the better even a little closer, seems to have lost force.