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Thomas More’s Utopia: Origins of Modern Images of Labor and Capital

Curt H. Stiles, Craig S. Galbraith, Oliver S. Galbraith IV

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Thomas More’s Utopia is often discussed as a moral allegory. This article, however, argues for reading it as an economic allegory. This reading is supported by More’s modern Christian humanist context, which both influences and is critiqued by More’s image of Utopian society. From this perspective, Utopia reflects the tensions present at the time between the economic progress of the early modern era and the lingering values of its medieval Christian heritage.

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