you are, you always have to work. There's never any excuse for
idleness. There are also no wine-taverns, no ale-houses, no brothels,
no opportunities for seduction, no secret meeting-places. Everyone has
his eye on you, so you're practically forced to get on with your job,
and make some proper use of your spare time."
- Thomas More's Utopia
study renaissance rhetoric, examining new tensions between governance
and the emerging "individual" who struggles to reconcile the edicts of
church and state with his conscience. Recalling Plato's communist
regime, we explore Thomas More's utopian critique of the politics of
his day, paying close attention to the physical and social mechanisms
through which personal choice is moderated by social consensus.
Andrew Wood's summary of Thomas More's Utopia
Dr. Wood's Additional Resources
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