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Utopian Thinking in Law, Politics, Architecture and Technology

Hope in a Hopeless World

9781803921396 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Bart van Klink, Professor of Legal Methodology, Department of Legal Theory and Legal History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Marta Soniewicka, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics, Jagiellonian University, Poland and Leon van den Broeke, Extraordinary Professor of Theology of Law and Church Polity, Theologische Universiteit Kampen and Associate Professor of Religion, Law, and Society, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 139 6 Extent: 320 pp
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This innovative book explores the role of utopian thinking in law and politics, including alternative forms of social engineering, such as technology and architecture. Building on Levitas’ Utopia as Method, the topic of utopia is addressed within the book from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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This innovative book explores the role of utopian thinking in law and politics, including alternative forms of social engineering, such as technology and architecture. Building on Levitas’ Utopia as Method, the topic of utopia is addressed within the book from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The book addresses central questions surrounding utopian thinking: What are its implications for law and politics? To what extent does it constitute a desirable vision? What are its risks or dangers? How is utopia related to ideology? An impressive selection of contributors reflect on the challenge of utopianism and its attraction, advancing the global public debate on social and political issues. Divided into three accessible parts, this book discusses the relationship between utopia and the law, the notion of utopian politics and utopia in architecture and technology.

Addressing the topic of utopia from a variety of perspectives, this book will be an interesting read for academic scholars and students in the field of law, legal and political theory, philosophy, ethics, sociology, religious studies, technology and architecture. In particular, it is relevant for scholars who are interested in the dynamics of social, legal and political change.
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‘Stimulating and provocative, this interesting collection tackles utopia from diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and political angles. Drawing on secular and religious traditions, contributors demonstrate utopian thinking’s enduring vitality and significance. With hope, faith, humanity, and the imagination, at its centre, this book explores what utopia can and cannot mean, be, and do.’
– Davina Cooper, King's College London, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Maurits Berger, Anna Bugajska, Danielle Chevalier, Lynne Copson, Marc J. de Vries, Carinne Elion-Valter, George Harinck, Zeynep İspİr, Şükrü KeleŞ, Oliver W. Lembcke, Jan Willem Sap, Marta Soniewicka, Ernestyna Szpakowska-Loranc, Yannis Tzaninis, Britta van Beers, Leon van den Broeke, Bart van Klink
Contents
Contents:

PART I UTOPIA AND THE LAW: SKETCHES FOR
A NEW SOCIETY
1 Introduction: A return to utopia 2
Bart van Klink, Marta Soniewicka and Leon van den Broeke
2 Finding hope in hopeless times 19
Lynne Copson
3 The rule of law: Between ideology and utopia 38
Bart van Klink
4 Legislative hope and utopia 59
Carinne Elion-Valter
5 A secular form of grace: A place for utopia in law 76
Leon van den Broeke

PART II UTOPIAN POLITICS: REDEMPTION OR A
‘RECIPE FOR BLOODSHED’?
6 The politics of hope: Utopia as an exercise in social imagination 96
Marta Soniewicka
7 The utopian ideals of the political order of the European
Union: Is a European republic possible? 116
Jan Willem Sap
8 ‘The coming community’: Agamben’s vision of messianic politics 134
Oliver W. Lembcke
9 The allure of utopia: Klaas Schilder’s stress on the
relevance of hic et nunc 150
George Harinck
10 The Islamic state 167
Maurits Berger

PART III UTOPIA IN ARCHITECTURE AND
TECHNOLOGY: THE QUEST FOR PERFECTION
11 An ideal city vs 21st-century pragmatism 187
Ernestyna Szpakowska-Loranc
12 Planning utopia 207
Danielle Chevalier and Yannis Tzaninis
13 Technological utopias: Promises of the unlimited 226
Marc J. de Vries
14 A better way of being? Human rights, transhumanism and
‘the utopian standpoint of man’ 245
Britta van Beers
15 The posthuman: Around the vanishing point of utopia 266
Anna Bugajska
16 Being an agent in a robot and artificial intelligence age:
Potentiality or dystopia? 284
Zeynep İspir and Şükrü Keleş

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