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The future as the yardstick of all things

Thomas More's book Utopia turns 500 years old this year. Ny Tid uses the opportunity to celebrate this still radical masterpiece. 

In 1516, the Renaissance humanist, lawyer, politician, Catholic and author Thomas More introduced a new word: Utopia. The word was formed through the union of Greek adverbs ou ("Not") with the noun topos ("Place"), ie "non-place". His learned readers may also have been able to recognize Moore's witty wordplay: the pronunciation of the word utopia brings to mind another Greek word composition, viz Eutopia, which means "good place". This is how the concept of utopia has been understood since More – as the anticipation of a perfect, but alas non-existent realm, contrasted with existing, and thus as its critical opposite.

Moore's Latin Fiction Story Utopia, which describes the forgotten but non-existent island of Utopia, is a very diverse work. With inspiration from Plato describes Utopia a society without property, where everything is shared between equal individuals. At the same time, the island of Utopia, which More refers to as the "new world", is a republic where its citizens are epicureanly expected to be. . .

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