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An Introduction to The Happy City by Francesco Patrizi of Cherso

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

Abstract

Patrizi’s The Happy City (HC) is a work that defies classifications. The key to understanding it is to recognize its Platonic inspiration and Aristotelian influence. The HC ingeniously restructures Aristotle’s analysis of the ideal city in Politics VII–VIII. Patrizi is not interested in describing an ideal city per se but in showing how a city can facilitate man’s development. However, the HC also adopts the Platonic idea that man’s ultimate goal is to unite with the divine. On this view, the ideal city is a necessary factor in man’s spiritual ascent. The HC is a peculiar utopia. It lacks the literary features of the utopian genre but shares its essential idea that man can only thrive if he lives in a virtuous society.

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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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