Thomas More's Cosmopolitan Civil Science : The New World and Utopia Reconsidered

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dc.contributor.author Hallberg, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-21T13:32:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-21T13:32:52Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0143-781X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14722
dc.description.abstract This article argues that Thomas More's creative appropriation in Utopia (1516) of the New World narrative enabled him to sketch out a cosmopolitan civil science for the purpose of sparking sentiments for a new ethics. Placing More's classic in a wider and more detailed context the article shows that the book's protagonists' anthropological approach to civil scientific study in turn has three important characteristics, all of which set it apart from conventional social knowledge: it is (1) empirical or experiential, (2) comparative and (3) cosmopolitan. The article thus offers a new interpretation of the relationship between Utopia and the New World as one that stresses the value of social experimentation, an aspect that is elaborated by emphasizing the theme of social knowledge both in the many vernacular European editions of the work as well as in the account of Utopian social life. en_US
dc.format.extent 29
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Imprint Academic en_US
dc.subject Cosmopolitanism en_US
dc.subject Thomas More en_US
dc.subject Utopia en_US
dc.subject New World en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Thomas More's Cosmopolitan Civil Science : The New World and Utopia Reconsidered en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS) en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/hpt/2012/00000033/00000004/art00002 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication History of Political Thought;4
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 33 en_US
dc.format.ePage 606
dc.format.sPage 578
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