I am looking for philosophical texts that tackle the subject of Utopia.

This is what I was able to find, that wasn't a novel.

  • The Republic (ca. 380 BC) by Plato - one of the earliest conceptions of a utopia.
  • Sacred History (4th century BC) by Euhemerus
  • Tao Hua Yuan (The Peach Blossom Spring) (421 AD) by Tao Yuanming
  • Utopia (1516) by Thomas More.
  • New Atlantis (1627) by Sir Francis Bacon

So are there anymore?

Also feel free to drop titles of awesome utopian/dystopian novels, at least the ones that weren't mandated reading for half the world, in the comments or something.


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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a list of literary work. Lists are problematic in general, and the selection isn't of philosophical nature either. – iphigenie Jun 19 '14 at 8:18
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    The selection I'm asking for is totally of a philosophical nature. Granted the format most utopian works are in is of a literary novel, such as 1984 by George Orwell. There are also utopias that are strictly philosophical, such as Plato's Republic. I do get that the question that wants a list as an answer is somewhat problematic for this format thing though. – Hobbes Jun 20 '14 at 19:09
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    For one thing, you'd have to define utopia. But even still, just because something is "philosophical" does not mean it's a good fit as a question for philosophy.se. Questions here need to be answerable in a non-list fashion. – virmaior Jun 21 '14 at 1:10
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    Rather than building up a list you'd be better of asking a philosophy of politics question with reference to one of the texts; the genre of utopia , and I include dystopia in this genre as well as its an inversion of the originary text - Platos Republic, I think came out of Thomas Mores rewriting of the Republic via Aquinas City of God in terms of Christian theology; what sparks your interest in this genre? – Mozibur Ullah Jun 21 '14 at 2:07
  • News From Nowhere by William Morris; written as a novel and its content is post-revolution age. I strongly recommend it.
  • Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston by Ernest Callenbach

Here the some futuristic dystopian novels (according to their age of course) :

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • We by Yevgeni Zamyatin
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a popular and famous not only movie bu actually a novel; may not be a full dystopia, but its dystopic.
  • Jennifer Government by Max Barry; its also dystopic.

And list goes on. All these books contain the same thing: a different living styles of civilization, a different form of government, society etc. a whole different point of view.

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