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Lewis Mumford Books – An Introductory Reading Guide

Lewis Mumford Books

This week marked the birthday of historian and social critic Lewis Mumford …

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to Lewis Mumford books .


8. The Story of Utopias

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The Story of Utopias, written and edited in 1922, is a unique work, in which Lewis Mumford makes the analysis of historical utopias, based on the distinction between utopias of escape and utopias of reconstruction, including these most classic literary utopias, Plato Edward Bellamy, through Thomas More, Bacon, Campanella and others. Utopian way of life, every man enjoys the opportunity to be a man because no one has the possibility to be a monster. The main purpose of man is to grow up to the limit of the stature of its kind.

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Image Credit: From the cover to the paperback edition of the excellent book Lewis Mumford: A Life… (Buy it now!)



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