Eutopia

Eutopia

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 12: From Istopia to Eutopia

Philip Allott

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

Extract

The road from Istopia to Eutopia – from where we are to where we want to be – passes through Knowtopia, the place where we learn about the extraordinary powers of the human mind, the private mind and the public mind, and where we take stock of the human condition, of what we have been and what we are, the bright face and the dark face of human history, and where we become aware of the potentialities and the anxieties of our present troubled situation, and our perilous future. It has been a purpose of the present volume to make a contribution to such human self-knowing. We have shared a brief survey of the topography of Knowtopia. The reader who has read the present volume carefully is already a new kind of traveller on the journey from Istopia through Knowtopia to Eutopia. We have learned that, over the course of millennia and in countless different cultures, the human mind and the human will have been wonderfully creative and ingenious and bold in responding to an unceasing succession of challenges facing all four of the existential realms of the human world – supernatural and natural and social and personal. Our responses have been very various and often contradictory. For better and for worse, they have determined what it is to be human.

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