Etherotopia or a country in the mind: bridging the gap between utopias and nirvanas

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Callow, Christos Jr 2015. Etherotopia or a country in the mind: bridging the gap between utopias and nirvanas. in: Routledge.
AuthorsCallow, Christos Jr
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Joyce Hertzler concludes his History of Utopian Thought with the phrase ‘Utopia is not a social state it is a state of mind’. Other utopian scholars would argue that the truth is exactly the opposite, that utopia is a purely social matter. There seems to be a false dilemma here where one must choose between two, seemingly conflicting, schools of utopian thinking: social utopias and private ones. In John Carey’s words, ‘Whereas most utopias reform the world, some reform the self’. He says of the later that these ‘solitary utopians are Robinson Crusoes of the mind, inventing islands for themselves to inhabit’ and that they are very unlike ‘normal, public-spirited utopians’. In this essay Christos Callow Jr explores the potential of a utopia that reforms both world and self and proposes Etherotopia as its name.

KeywordsLiterature; Utopian Studies; Utopian Literature; Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN9781472428943
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624389
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