Utopia as common good

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The narrative that presents the "polis" of "Utopia" does not build an image of a "place without place", but demonstrates that which could and should be – at least structurally – the form of a real community, the one that erects itself as an act of "common-wealth/common-good/common-goodness". The utopian societies, the ones that should have "no place" in human affairs, are the ones that exist historically. So it is really an inversion of "topoi" the one that Sir Thomas operates, making us remember that the reality of humanity is not a society of Hobbes like wolves, but a community of Augustine like good-doers, even if not perfect, even if never perfect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalGaudium Sciendi
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Thomas More
  • Utopia
  • Common good/Common wealth
  • Polis


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