Translation of Aromatario or The Republic of Utopia by Lodovico Zuccolo

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


Aromatario is first extensive critical analysis of More’s Utopia to be ever written. In this dialogue, Zuccolo does not systematically examine all aspects of Utopia but comments selectively on some of its features. He alternates observations about the text’s broader philosophical views and assumptions with discussions of its more specific ideas. Zuccolo does not aim to reject Utopia, whose merits he occasionally acknowledges; he wants to explore the challenges of imagining an ideal society. He reflects on how detailed the description of the mechanisms of a utopian society should be whilst investigating the implications of Utopia’s seemingly virtuous customs and rules. Zuccolo also questions the theoretical underpinning of Utopia. Is a peaceful society better than one which is familiar with some degree of conflict?


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

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