Thomas Mores Utopia als Philosophie: Plädoyer für eine dialogische Lesart

Philosophisches Jahrbuch 128 (1):3-20 (2021)
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Abstract

Thomas More’s Utopia is an iridescent and enigmatic work which evades a consistent interpretation. Throughout the entire dialogue, many contradictory positions are argued for, and More’s play with telling names makes it difficult to determine which person’s position we should embrace. In order to evade these problems, the paper suggests reading More’s work as a philosophical dialogue with the reader, in which More invites us to evaluate the different positions contained in the work against our own back- ground. In this sense, More’s Utopia is a proper piece of philosophy.

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