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Picture Imperfect
Author: Russell Jacoby

ISBN: 9780231128957
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24 May 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.3 x 12.1 x 1.8
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"The choice we have is not between reasonable proposals and an unreasonable utopianism. Utopian thinking does not undermine or discount real reforms. Indeed, it is almost the opposite: practical reforms depend on utopian dreaming."--Russell Jacoby, "Picture Imperfect"

Utopianism suffers from an image problem: A recent exhibition on utopias in Paris and New York included photographs of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and a Nazi concentration camp. Many observers judge utopians and their sympathizers as foolhardy dreamers at best and murderous totalitarians at worst. However, as noted social critic and historian Russell Jacoby argues in this salient, polemical, and innovative work, not only has utopianism been unfairly characterized, a return to an iconoclastic utopian spirit is vital for today's society. Shaped by the works of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Gustav Landauer, and other predominantly Jewish thinkers, iconoclastic utopianism revives society's dormant political imagination and offers hope for a better future.
Writing against the grain of history, Jacoby reexamines the anti-utopian mindset and identifies how...

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