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Since Thomas More coined the term in 1516, “utopia” has meant both a “good” place (eu-topos) and “no” place (ou-topos)--an impossible place. Explored in his narrative Utopia, this imagined world has been influential, inspiring, and troubling. It contains the roots not only of monumental visionary thinking but also of totalitarian control and conformity. More’s world is an isolated island with no money--a small community governed by rational... Read More
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