New Philosophy and New Law for a Troubled World

Philip Allott

There is a vacuum of philosophy to make sense of a world dominated by a disorderly global economy, by science and engineering, by ideologies, and by popular culture. There is a vacuum of law to bring order to relations between states that are more threatening than they have ever been. Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) re-thought everything in another difficult new world. Philip Allott’s Eutopia (2016) reclaims the best of human thought to empower us in making a better human world.

Chapter 6: The Power of Imagination

Philip Allott

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, law and society, legal philosophy, public international law


We live in the natural world. We live in the human world. We live in another world – the world of our imagination, a world in which we share our dreams. The human being is Homo sapiens in the natural world and Homo faber in the human world. In the world of the imagination the human being is Homo poeta – creating an external world from inside the human mind. Our life in the world of the imagination has a powerful effect on how we live in the natural world, and how we live in the human world, and how we are as human beings. And it has a powerful effect on our power over the human future. The things that we create in the world of the imagination – in literature, the fine arts, architecture, music, film and public entertainment of all kinds – become physical objects in the natural world, and they become part of the social reality of the human world. They have a life of their own. They enter the public mind of society, joining in the living of social life. And they enter the private minds of human beings, joining intimately in the personal life of each human being.

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