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Thinking Utopia

Steps into Other Worlds
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ISBN-13:
9781782382027
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Seiten:
328
Autor:
Jörn Rüsen
Serie:
4, Making Sense of History
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Sprache:
Englisch
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After the breakdown of socialist and communist systems in the East, it had become fashionable to declare the so-called "end of utopia" ("end of history," "end of narratives"). The authors of this volume do not share this view but think that it is time to rehabilitate utopian thought. The political concept of Utopia that has given its name to these transcendental projections onto the world has been too narrow to describe and analyze the moving forces of the mind perceiving human existence beyond reality. By broadening the perspectives of utopian studies, these essays enable the reader to reconstruct scholarly paradigms and strategies of utopian, complex and holistic thinking in modern cosmology, philosophy, sociology, in literary, historical and political sciences, and to compare traditions and ways of Western utopian thought to the practice in the East.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction
Jörn Rüsen, Michael Fehr and Thomas W. Rieger


Chapter 1. The Necessity of Utopian Thinking: A Cross-National Perspective
Lyman Tower Sargent


PART I: POLITICS, CONSTRUCTION AND FUNCTIONS OF UTOPIAN THINKING


Chapter 2. Aspects of the Western Utopian Tradition
Krishan Kumar


Chapter 3. Visions of the Future
Michael Thompson


Chapter 4. Utopia, Contractualism, Human Rights
Richard Saage


Chapter 5. On the Construction of Worlds: Technology and Economy in European Utopias
Wolfgang Pircher


PART II: ARTIFICIAL WORLDS AND THE 'NEW MAN'


Chapter 6. Bodies in Utopia and Utopian Bodies in Imperial China
Dorothy Ko


Chapter 7. Science, Technology and Utopia: Perspectives of a Computer-Assisted Evolution of Humankind
Klaus Mainzer


Chapter 8. ‘Thinking about the Unthinkable’: The Virtual as a Place of Utopia
Claus Pias


Chapter 9. Natural Utopianism in Everyday Life Practice – An Elementary Theoretical Model
Ulrich Oevermann


PART III: MUSEUM AS UTOPIAN LABORATORY


Chapter 10. Haunted by Things: Utopias and Their Consequences
Donald Preziosi


Chapter 11. Art – Museum – Utopia: Five Themes on an Epistemological Construction Site
Michael Fehr


Chapter 12. Art, Science, Utopia in the Early Modern Period
Wolfgang Braungart


Chapter 13. Utopiary
Rachel Weiss


PART IV: UTOPIA AS A MEDIUM OF CULTURAL COMMUNICATION


Chapter 14. The Utopian Vision, East and West
Zhang Longxi


Chapter 15. Trauma: A Dystopia of the Spirit
Michael S. Roth


Chapter 16. From Revolutionary to Catastrophic Utopia
Slavoj Zizek


Chapter 17. The Narrative Staging of Image and Counter-Image: On the Poetics of Literary Utopias
Wilhelm Vosskamp


Chapter 18. Rethinking Utopia: A Plea for a Culture of Inspiration
Jörn Rüsen


Notes on Contributors
Index

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