An Introduction to Aromatario or The Republic of Utopia by Lodovico Zuccolo

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


Scholars have traditionally regarded Zuccolo’s critical assessment of More’ Utopia in Aromatario as rather trivial and insignificant. However, a consideration of the goal and nature of his criticisms leads to a very different conclusion. Zuccolo evaluates Utopia from a distinct viewpoint; he examines it against the model of the classical analyses of the ideal state. This approach permits Zuccolo to individuate philosophical problems which became recurrent points of contention in the utopian and dystopian tradition. The striking feature of Zuccolo’s criticism is that is very selective. His aim is not to demolish all aspects of Utopia systematically, but to explore the implications and applicability of some its ideas. In short, Zuccolo’s goal is to think with More, not to argue against him.


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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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