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Utopia, Book 1

The Paul Turner translation (which is way easier to read than the free editions of the book which are based on an expired-copyright 1901 translation) is divided into two books.

The first book has next to nothing in it about Utopia itself. It’s about Thomas More, Raphael, and some other guys sitting around and talking philosophy. In this, it reminds me of the commonly used Ashkenazi Passover Haggadah, which doesn’t actually tell the story of Exodus, but instead features a bunch of rabbis talking among themselves about it. This is a narrative approach which apparently used to be popular, but has now gone out of style.

What do they talk about? Primarily:

  • Raphael’s career options and why he doesn’t want a job
  • The proper punishment for theft
  • The economics of England, especially the sheep industry

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Books

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  1. that doesn’t sound very interesting

    Otis the Sweaty

    August 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    • It’s one of the great philosophy books of all time.

      Unless you were talking about the Passover Haggadah. Yes, that’s pretty boring.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      • You have a point about the Haggadah. I like a straight story from the Bible like it’s in the book if Exodus. The Midrashic interpretation has its place, but first tell me what realy happened and I like the plagues statight: the lice, the frogs, the animals, the blood, everything – this is awesome! Why don’t we just read the story straight from the Chumash and then read about the Pascal lamb, which is just a few verses? After that I’m ready to eat matza and listen to the Midrash.

        Yakov

        August 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

  2. well how is talking about the sheep industry in 16th century England interesting?

    Otis the Sweaty

    August 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    • It was a big money maker for England at the time. The wool trade in wikipedia.

      XVO

      August 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    • well how is talking about the sheep industry in 16th century England interesting?

      How is it not? Gee whiz, some people, I tell ya.

      Samson J.

      August 7, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  3. Why don’t you just get the book from the library and get whatever translation you want?

    Magnavox

    August 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    • Who wants to schlep to a building full of dead trees when you can instantly download a book to your e-device?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      • Very prole sentence, Lion.

        chairman

        August 7, 2016 at 11:43 pm


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