The Necessity of Utopia
Ecology and equity demand radical social change, yet public debate remains dominated by a contest over who can better manage a capitalist economy. Ruth Levitas contends that we need more utopian thinking in order to develop genuine alternatives to the status quo, and that utopia is always a central part of critical social change. However, utopia must be understood as a method rather than a goal, and this entails revealing the images of a good society embedded in existing political programmes and policies, the imagination of possible alternatives, and the implications of these for human flourishing.
In association with ‘Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical Considerations for Social Change’ organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities and Care for the Future Themes.