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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


GOVT 86.05 Utopia and Its Critics

Utopia is the repository of mankind’s highest moral, social, and political ideals. Yet, the utopian politics of the twentieth century, from Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich” to the Soviet “Workers’ Paradise,” have caused many people to reject utopia as naïve and dangerous. Formerly, the problem was how to achieve utopia; now the problem is how to avoid utopia. In this course, we shall explore the great classic utopias, from Thomas More to Charlotte Perkins Gilman as well as the critique of utopia by Christian, Marxist, and Conservative thinkers. What is the role of utopia in the political imagination today?

Instructor

Murphy

Distributive and/or World Culture

TMV

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Offered

Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.