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

Forsström, Riikka

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ISBN 10: 9517463553 / ISBN 13: 9789517463553
Published by Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2002
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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

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

Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

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

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Rukka Forsstrom

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