Stock Image

Possible Worlds: The Idea of Happiness in the Utopian Vision of Louis-Sébastien Mercier (Bibliotheca Historica 75)

Forsström, Riikka

1 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 9517463553 / ISBN 13: 9789517463553
Published by Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2002
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
From Masalai Press (Oakland, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since December 28, 2011

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 69.99 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.90 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

326 pp., bibliography, index. The utopian novel L'An Deux Mille Quatre Cent Quarante. Reve s il en fut jamais by the French author Louis-Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814) was the first imaginary portrayal of an ideal society projected into the remote future. It reveals a vision of twenty-fifth century Paris, and a world transformed into a community of general happiness, well-being and progress. In searching for answers for the problem of evil and the conditions of happiness on earth in his contemporary society, Mercier s utopia also offers a generally valid analysis concerning the means and aims of a happy life. On the other hand, the present study indicates that Mercier s vision of the "best of possible worlds" also reveals a great deal about the reasons why the prevailing eighteenth-century conception of happiness, founded on the Enlightenment ideal of rational control, already contained the seeds of its own destruction. This investigation by Riikka Forsström sheds light on Mercier s utopian vision both as critical mirror image analysing its own society, and as an exploration of possible futures. In his utopia, Mercier deals with a wide range of subjects, from the needfulness of political reforms, and economic theories, to the collision of a spiritual with a more secular- scientific world view, and even addresses women s position in society. He makes us reflect on the limits of the possible and how the possibilities could be transformed as part of a living culture. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 9517463553FIN091113

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Possible Worlds: The Idea of Happiness in ...

Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

About this title

Synopsis:

This book sheds light on the utopian vision of French author Louis-Sebastien Mercier (1740-1814).

About the Author:

Rukka Forsstrom

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Masalai Press has been selling books on the internet since 2000, and has been involved in book selling since 1985. Customer service and accurate descriptions are a priority. Masalai Press specializes in books about the Pacific Islands, especially Papua New Guinea. Masalai Press is the regional representative of the University of Papua New Guinea Press, and has been co-publishing with the UPNG Press since 2008.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Money Order PayPal Bank Draft