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Translation of Wise and Crazy World by Anton Francesco Doni

  • Antonio Donato
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)

Abstract

In the Worlds, Doni describes several imaginary realms. One of them is the Wise and Crazy World, containing the depiction of a utopian society. Doni introduces his utopia after a novella, which illustrates that wisdom and madness correspond merely to what the majority of people approve and disapprove respectively. This topic looms over Doni’s utopian dialogue and its characters, Sage and Crazy, constantly allude to it. Sage describes a world he saw only in a dream. He focuses on people’s customs and everyday activities with little interest in political matters. Crazy excitedly comments, alternating between praising and condemning the utopia’s customs. However, Sage and Crazy cannot determine whether the utopia they are discussing is the best and wisest possible society or just a mad world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Donato
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  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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