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15 July, 08:15

Is there really leisure in Utopia? Explain your answer

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  1. 15 July, 08:53
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    elationship between work and leisure lays at the core of Thomas More's political concerns and his vision of a Utopian society, but received little systematic research attention. This article addresses a question that has been often raised - whether Utopia expresses More's views or is just a jest, since it in so many ways conflicts with his subsequent political stands and pronouncements. The article examines More's vision of work and leisure within the context of his evolving social and political views and England's political, economical and confessional challenges of the sixteenth century. The article proposes that the prospect of leisure offered in Utopia has been often simplified and the practice of a six-hour workday should not overshadow the fact that Utopians were expected to work 329 days a year and their leisure life was strongly regimented. The article suggests that, after being published, Utopia assumed its own life which foreshadowed both the challenges as well as some ominous aspects of future real-life Utopias. As a prophecy of a system of social justice and enlightened leisure Utopia failed, but it drew attention to the inherent dilemma of achieving a socially desirable and politically sustainable balance of work and leisure. More's tragic end should not veil the relevancy of More's intent (if not the solution) of bridging the gap between work and leisure - a task that remains remarkably salient today.
  2. 15 July, 08:56
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    The article proposes that the prospect of leisure offered in Utopia has been often simplified and the practice of a six-hour workday should not overshadow the fact that Utopians were expected to work 329 days a year and their leisure life was strongly regimented.
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