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 11: New Society. Living the Good Life Together

Philip Allott

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


Human society is the masterwork of the miracle that is the human being. From the Tree of Life we have plucked a fruit that is wonderfully fruitful. We can make of it what we will. Alas! It is a fruit that is marvellously corruptible. The forms of society’s corrupting are legion. ‘Society’ is a word. Society is an idea. Society is a fiction. We make society what it is. Society makes us what we are. It is the second body of our private mind. It is the first body of the public mind. It is a living thing, forming itself organically from moment to moment, growing, blossoming, flourishing, declining, decaying, multiplying, giving birth to lesser societies, consorting with other societies to give birth to new societies.

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