Third Way Utopianism: Anarcho-Democratic and Liberal Socialist Ideas in Central Europe

TitleThird Way Utopianism: Anarcho-Democratic and Liberal Socialist Ideas in Central Europe
Publication TypeBook Chapter
AuthorsBozóki, A., and M. Sükösd
EditorsCzigányik, Zsolt
Book TitleUtopian Horizons
Year2017
Pages77-100
PublisherCentral European University Press
Place of PublicationBudapest – New York
Publisher linkhttp://ceupress.com/book/utopian-horizons
Abstract

The 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia has directed attention toward the importance of utopianism. This book investigates the possibilities of cooperation between the humanities and the social sciences in the analysis of 20th century and contemporary utopian phenomena. The papers deal with major problems of interpreting utopias, the relationship of utopia and ideology, and the highly problematic issue as to whether utopia necessarily leads to dystopia. Besides reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary utopian investigations, the eleven essays effectively represent the constructive attitudes of utopian thought, a feature that not only defines late 20th- and 21st-century utopianism, but is one of the primary reasons behind the rising importance of the topic.

The volume’s originality and value lies not only in the innovative theoretical approaches proposed, but also in the practical application of the concept of utopia to a variety of phenomena which have been neglected in the utopian studies paradigm, especially to the rarely discussed Central European texts and ideologies.

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Department of Political Science