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An ‘anti-utopian age?’: Isaiah Berlin’s England, Hannah Arendt’s America, and utopian thinking in dark times

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This essay challenges the influential view that Isaiah Berlin and Hannah Arendt played a central role in inaugurating an ‘anti-utopian age’. While the two thinkers certainly did their share to discredit the radical utopian inclination to portray a political blueprint in the abstract, I show that neither was straightforwardly anti-utopian. On the contrary, both thinkers’ writings display a different kind of utopian thinking, consisting in an imaginative and idealized reconstruction of existing...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/13569317.2016.1258773

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Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Political Ideologies Journal website
Volume:
22
Issue:
1
Pages:
12-29
Publication date:
2016-11-18
Acceptance date:
2016-08-17
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EISSN:
1469-9613
ISSN:
1356-9317
Pubs id:
pubs:641018
URN:
uri:93b33e0c-89c5-4486-a2d8-b6dbecc14a1b
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uuid:93b33e0c-89c5-4486-a2d8-b6dbecc14a1b
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pubs:641018

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