Author: Tommaso Moro
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
Cura e traduzione di Franco CuomoEdizione integraleUtopia venne pubblicato nel 1516 in lingua latina con il titolo De optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia. Contiene la descrizione fantastica di un paese ideale, che ha fatto sognare per secoli intellettuali di ogni tendenza. Oggi, dopo l’esito disastroso dei totalitarismi europei, l’illusione di Tommaso Moro suscita perplessità. Nella società da lui descritta tutti vestono casacche identiche, vivono in appartamenti rigorosamente uguali, mangiano in mense comuni, non praticano il sesso fuori del matrimonio né svaghi che non siano «utili o educativi». Un modello di felicità che, dopo aver ispirato generazioni di sognatori, pare rievocare tanti fantasmi.«Sentimento e ragione infatti convergono nella ricerca di tutto ciò che in natura procura gioia, purché non implichi il compimento di un’azione ingiusta, non impedisca il conseguimento di una gioia maggiore, non determini successivamente una pena.»Tommaso Moronacque a Londra nel 1478. Dedicò la sua vita alla politica e all’attività di umanista, animato da interessi filosofici e letterari, religiosi, giuridici, sociali. Il suo nome, nonostante la varietà e il pregio dell’opera complessiva, rimane legato alla grande illusione di Utopia, che propone il progetto di una società perfetta e uniforme, fondata su principi di esasperato egualitarismo. Fu decapitato nel 1535 per ordine di Enrico VIII, essendo rimasto fedele alla tradizione cattolica, in contrasto con le nuove direttive religiose del sovrano. Per questo fu canonizzato, come martire cattolico d’Inghilterra, nel 1935.
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publisher: Harper Collins
While shipwrecked on the island of Pala, Will Farnaby, a disenchanted journalist, discovers a utopian society that has flourished for the past 120 years. Although he at first disregards the possibility of an ideal society, as Farnaby spends time with the people of Pala his ideas about humanity change. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
This book offers an analysis of the past and current status of same-sex marriage in the United States and other nations of the world, accompanied by a balanced review of the arguments in favor of and opposed to the practice. • Presents laws, executive orders, reports, and legal decisions regarding same-sex marriage • Contains a clear chronology of U.S. and international events related to same-sex marriage • Provides an extensive annotated bibliography of books, articles, and electronic sources • Includes bibliographic sketches of important individuals in the history of same-sex marriage • Offers profiles of the major organizations that are actively involved in the issue and represent various perspectives
News from Nowhere
Author: William Morris
"This astute and long overdue reappraisal provides a lucid overview and a wealth of contextual information. An excellent resource." -- Shannon L. Rogers, Saint Joseph’s University, Editor, Newsletter of the William Morris Society in the United States "through his insightful introduction and careful selection of documents, [Arata] has created an invaluable edition of News from Nowhere." -- Peter Stansky, Stanford University
The Last Hundred Days
Author: Patrick McGuinness
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Once the gleaming "Paris of the East," Bucharest in 1989 is a world of corruption and paranoia, in thrall to the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceau?escu. Old landmarks are falling to demolition crews, grocery shelves are empty, and informants are everywhere. Into this state of crisis, a young British man arrives to take a university post he never interviewed for. He is taken under the wing of Leo O'Heix, a colleague and master of the black market, and falls for the sleek Celia, daughter of a party apparatchik. Yet he soon learns that in this society, friendships are compromised, and loyalty is never absolute. And as the regime's authority falters, he finds himself uncomfortably, then dangerously, close to the eye of the storm. By turns thrilling and satirical, studded with poetry and understated revelation, The Last Hundred Days captures the commonplace terror of Cold War Eastern Europe. Patrick McGuinness's first novel is unforgettable.
I vecchi e i giovani
Author: Luigi Pirandello
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
A cura di Sergio CampaillaEdizione integralePubblicato in volume per la prima volta nel 1913, I vecchi e i giovani voleva essere il romanzo epocale di Pirandello: al centro della narrazione sono le vicende della famiglia dei Laurentano negli anni Novanta dell’Ottocento, nel periodo della creazione dei Fasci siciliani dei Lavoratori e delle lotte di classe tra i clericali e i sostenitori del nuovo regime liberale. Il contrasto generazionale tra i padri, che hanno fatto l’Unità, e i figli, che vedono nel loro conservatorismo la gretta difesa di ideali e interessi obsoleti, l’emergere della nuova borghesia capitalista, il naufragio dello spirito di rinnovamento che animava il Risorgimento: i protagonisti del romanzo incarnano le istanze più vive all’alba del nuovo secolo. Così, il principe don Ippolito di Colimbètra è il campione dell’aristocrazia reazionaria fedele ai Borbone, il figlio Gerlando è animato da idee rivoluzionarie in netta opposizione al tradizionalismo paterno, Mauro Mortara è un irriducibile garibaldino deluso dagli esiti delle lotte risorgimentali, don Flaminio Salvo è un potente banchiere che approfitta del decadimento della società italiana. I vecchi e i giovani è insomma la storia del fallimento dell’utopia risorgimentale, virata però dalla penna di Pirandello nel consueto gioco di specchi che rimandano all’universalità dell’uomo.«La gioventù? Che poteva la gioventù, se l’avara paurosa prepotente gelosia dei vecchi la schiacciava così, col peso della più vile prudenza e di tante umiliazioni e vergogne? Se toccava a lei l’espiazione rabbiosa, nel silenzio, di tutti gli errori e le transazioni indegne, la macerazione d’ogni orgoglio e lo spettacolo di tante brutture?»Luigi Pirandellonato ad Agrigento nel 1867, si laureò in filologia a Bonn nel 1891. Iniziò la sua attività letteraria e teatrale quando Capuana lo introdusse nel mondo culturale romano. Dal 1897 al 1922 si dedicò all’insegnamento. Nel 1934 gli fu assegnato il premio Nobel per la letteratura. Morì a Roma nel 1936. Di Luigi Pirandello la Newton Compton ha pubblicato molte opere in volumi singoli e i volumi unici I romanzi, le novelle e il teatro; Tutti i romanzi e Novelle per un anno.
In the tradition of On Beauty, On Ugliness and The Infinity of Lists, Umberto Eco presents an enthralling and erudite illustrated tour of the fabled places that have awed and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poems of Homer to contemporary science fiction, from the Holy Scriptures to modern mythology and fairy tale, literature and art are full of illusory places we have at some time believed are real, and onto which we have projected our dreams, ideals and fears. Umberto Eco leads us on an illuminating journey through these legendary lands - Atlantis, Thule and Hyperborea, the Earth's interior and the Land of Cockaigne - and explores utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront concepts that are too incredible, or too challenging, for our limited real world. In The Book of Legendary Lands the author's text is accompanied by several hundred carefully assembled works of art and literature; the result is a beautifully illustrated volume with broad and enduring appeal.
The twenty-first century is witnessing the emergence of a "new atheism" advocated by pundits such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. In The Impossibility of Atheism, author Clayton Sullivan shows that arguments theists have used in the past to counter atheists' contentions about the nonexistence of God do not work with today's version. A new tactic is required. Sullivan provides a more effective method of countering new atheism in The Impossibility of Atheism. His method is based on the work of the ancient philosopher Parmenides. According to Parmenides, it is impossible for the mind to think about something that does not exist. Sullivan contends, therefore, that atheism is fraudulent or intellectually bankrupt because atheists, ignoring Parmenides, do not understand that it is impossible to think about God if He does not exist. Let Sullivan help you learn more about how the theories of an ancient philosopher make it impossible for someone to be an atheist. He also explains why, despite that fact, some people cling to atheism. Sullivan also shows that not all atheists are alike. In fact, there are some atheists he admires. Still, any person who reads this book will realize theism (a belief in God) is a cogent belief that should not be ridiculed.
title explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in Toni Morrison’s fiction. Palladino’s work foregrounds ambiguity as a key feature of narrative ethics.
The Gift of Anger
Author: Arun Gandhi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi—in this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace, as recounted by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. In the current troubled climate, in our country and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before. “We should not be ashamed of anger. It’s a very good and a very powerful thing that motivates us. But what we need to be ashamed of is the way we abuse it.” —Mahatma Gandhi Arun Gandhi was just twelve years old when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. To Arun, the man who fought for India’s independence and was the country’s beloved preeminent philosopher and leader was simply a family member. He lived there for two years under his grandfather’s wing until Gandhi’s assassination. While each chapter contains a singular, timeless lesson, The Gift of Anger also takes you along with Arun on a moving journey of self-discovery as he learns to overcome his own struggle to express his emotions and harness the power of anger to bring about good. He learns to see the world through new eyes under the tutelage of his beloved grandfather and provides a rare, three-dimensional portrait of this icon for the ages. The ten vital life lessons strike a universal chord about self-discovery, identity, dealing with anger, depression, loneliness, friendship, and family—perfect for anyone searching for a way to effecting healing change in a fractured world.
Oxygen and Living Processes
Author: D.L. Gilbert
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The field of oxygen study is immense. No single work on the subject can be comprehensive, and this volume makes no such claim. Indeed, coverage here is selective and the selection is somewhat personal. However, the choice of topics is vast There are chapters on the history of oxygen, oxygen in the universe, the biochemistry of oxygen, and clinical uses of oxygen. An alternate title could have been, "Some things you always wanted to know about oxygen, but didn't know where to find them easily." Some information in this wide-ranging work can not be found elsewhere. This book is intended not only for specialists, but also for nonspecialists engaged in or curious about any field of oxygen study, particularly if they wish to know more about other fields of oxygen. Thus, those who are interested in oxygen and are historians, astronomers, chemists, geochemists, evolutionists, biochemists, physiolo gists, pathologists, or clinicians will find here much of extreme value. It is intended to be read and understood at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level. This volume is divided into four parts. The first constitutes the background for Parts II and III, and the last integrates the preceding material with an overall perspective on oxygen in living organisms.
The City of the Sun
Author: Tommaso Campanella
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
City of the Sun, written in 1602, is Tommaso Campanella's contribution to the body of literature concerned with utopia, the philosophical search for the perfect society. Campanella's utopia was based on a form of communism in which all possessions, including women and children, were shared by men. The great city was ruled by a spiritual leader named Metaphysic, whom Power, Wisdom, and Love served, overseeing all aspects of the society. Wisdom ensures that the sciences are properly taught, while Love ensures that men and women breed the most perfect children. Those with an interest in philosophy and sociology will find this book an intriguing take on the structure of an ideal society. Italian philosopher and theologian TOMMASO CAMPANELLA (1568-1639) became a monk at the age of fifteen. He was imprisoned for twenty-seven years for conspiring against the Spanish crown, and it was during this time that he wrote his most important works, including Atheismus triumphatus (1605) and Metaphysica (1609).