Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Marx, Morris and Utopia by Terry Eagleton

On processes, politics, History and change:

Terry Eagleton, Utopia and its Opposites (2000)


Olly Fayers said...

Terry Eagleton certainly makes a lot of bold assertions in this article, and the topic of utopian thought proves as interesting as ever.

I'm not entirely sure about one of his initial assertions, which seems to be that a true utopia would need to be completely unrecognisable from current society, in the same way that an alien would most likely differ from any form which we might conceive it to have.

I have always felt that a key strand of utopian thought is that we actually can achieve a society vastly better than our current one, without it being incomprehensibly differently structured.

Or, as I often argue, is the society in News From Nowhere quite so unachievable? Knowing what we do know about human nature, I find it hard to believe such a society would not be more content.

It may not be perfect for everyone (which I suppose places its status as a 'utopia' in question), but it would surely be better without having altered society into a form we simply could not have pre-conceived.

Not sure if that makes sense!

Sarah Rees Jones said...

Good to hear from you! How are you and what are you doing?

Olly Fayers said...

I am well. I'm in my first year of teaching - I teach a Year 3 class in a challenging part of inner London. Incredibly hard work, but the children themselves are absolutely tremendous.

How are things in York? What's changed?