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Inventions of Nemesis: Utopia, Indignation, and Justice

Douglas Mao

Abstract

Examining literary and philosophical writing about ideal societies from Greek antiquity to the present, this book offers a striking new take on utopia's fundamental project. Noting that utopian imagining has often been propelled by an angry conviction that society is badly arranged, the book argues that utopia's essential aim has not been to secure happiness, order, or material goods, but rather to establish a condition of justice in which all have what they ought to have. The book also makes the case that hostility to utopias has frequently been associated with a fear that they will transform ... More

Keywords: utopian literature, utopian philosophy, justice, utopian writing, immigration, labor, global justice, nemesis, ideal society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691199252
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691199252.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Mao, author
Johns Hopkins University

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