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The City of the Sun

Tommaso Campanella

Book Overview: 

A dialogue between a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitallers and a Genoese Sea-captain, about the latter's voyage to a utopian city.

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Book Excerpt: 
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G.M. Under such circumstances no one will be willing to labor, while he expects others to work, on the fruit of whose labors he can live, as Aristotle argues against Plato.

Capt. I do not know how to deal with that argument, but I declare to you that they burn with so great a love for their fatherland, as I could scarcely have believed possible; and indeed with much more than the histories tell us belonged to the Romans, who fell willingly for their country, inasmuch as they have to a greater extent surrendered their private property. I think truly that the friars and monks and clergy of our country, if they were not weakened by love for their kindred and friends or by the ambition to rise to higher dignities, would be less fond of property, and more imbued with a spirit of charity toward all, as it was in the time of the apostles, and is now in a great many cases.

G.M. St. Augustine may say that, but I say that among this race of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Campanella almost had me - I almost wanted to up and move to the City of the Sun. However, his long winded explanations about their Old Testement style war-mongering (he'd say it differently, but it is what it is) lost me. I was 100% until I got to the last 1/3 of the book. More's Utopia is still th

Frankly, a little dull.

The City of the Sun seems to be organized along the lines of a monastery, and represents a 'purified' Christianity, with some Aztec flavoring.

Only at one point does it get absolutely weird:

Sacrifice is conducted after the following manner: Hoh asks the people which one among

Siyaset teorileri üzerine okunmasi ve diger eserlerle zihnen kiyasi, dusun dunyasi bakimindan yararli olabilir.

Thomas More'un Utopia'sından sonra en çok ismi anılan ve benim de çok merak ettiğim bir ütopya olmasına rağmen yüzde 50 hayal kırıklığına uğradım. Ortaya kabaca tasarlanmış bir ütopya çıkmış. Yazar ideal devlet yapısından çok Güneş Ülkesi'nin duvar ve binalarını anlatmaya ayırmış çabasının önemli bi

Bisogna ascoltarlo almeno due volte, ci sono troppe informazioni per recepirle con un solo ascolto, la lingua è un italiano piuttosto antico e quindi la concentrazione deve essere alta. i primi due capitoli narrano di come funziona questa società e i successivi due ci delineano il modo di pensare, i

This book is a curious time capsule. A look at what somebody at the turn of the 17th century might think of as the perfect society, although I'm nowhere near knowledgeable enough to say how common these views really were. Skimming Campanella's wikipedia page tells me he was imprisoned by the Catholi

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