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The Concept of Utopia

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Ruth Levitas

In this highly influential book, Ruth Levitas provides an excellent introduction to the meaning and importance of the concept of utopia, and explores a wealth of material drawn from literature and social theory to illustrate its rich history and analytical versatility. Situating utopia within the dynamics of the modern imagination, she examines the ways in which it has been used by some of the leading thinkers of modernity: Marx, Engels, Karl Mannheim, Robert Owen, Georges Sorel, Ernst Bloch, William Morris, and Herbert Marcuse. Utopia remains the most potent secular concept for imagining and producing a ‘better world’, and this classic text will be invaluable to students across a wide range of disciplines.

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Index Abensour, Miguel 135, 138, 140–2, 149, 150, 200, 203, 214 Adorno, Theodor 94, 98, 110, 148, 222 agency, problem of 165, 167–72, 177, 224–8, 231 alienated labour 47–9, 71, 113, 125–9, 133, 150–1, 155, 157–8, 160–2, 172, 194–5. alienation 7–9, 47–50, 53, 106, 108, 110–4, 119–22, 127–9, 138, 141, 144, 146, 149–51, 153, 157, 177, 186, 194, 225 analytic definition 101, 116, 207, 212, 222, 228 Anderson, Perry 132, 145, 147–50 Andreae, Johann Valentin 17, 25, 27 anti-utopia 3, 26, 27, 30, 34–7, 149, 173, 189–92, 213 Aristophanes 27 Arnot, Robin Page 130–2, 137 art 65, 106, 113, 119, 123–4, 109–12, 133, 141, 146, 152, 164, 169–71, 175, 177, 196 Augustine, St 21 authorial intention 25–7, 190, 192, 200 authoritarianism 13, 25–7, 30 Babeuf, Francois 14, 21 24 Bacon, Francis 14, 17, 21, 24, 26, 27, 31, 34, 35, 36, 185 Bahro, Rudolf 144, 145, 148–50, 176, 190, 204 Barmby, John Goodwin 34 Barth, Karl 121 Bauman, Zygmunt 117, 193–7, 199–201, 204, 208, 214, 223, 225, 226 Bax, Ernest Belfort 136 Beethoven, Ludwig van 106, 171 Bellamy, Edward 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 31, 34, 38, 125–7, 139, 194, 199–200, 225–6 Benjamin, Walter 98 Berdiaev, Nicholas 30, 35 Bergson, Henri 77, 83 Berneri, Marie 12, 24, 26–31, 35, 36–9, 64, 65 Bernstein, Eduard 64, 70 Blake, William...

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