Utopias. The Un-Placed in Language and Politics

1 2014Azimuth 3/2014 | Utopias. The Un-Placed in Language and Politics

Edited by Libera Pisano, Andrea Pinazzi
ISBN: 9788863726497

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The term ‘Utopia’ has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create a perfect world and fictional societies portrayed in literature. However, far from being only a literary topic, ‘Utopia’ has got a critical and philosophical content that concerns the present time as well as the future. This third issue of Azimuth aims to investigate the relationship between language and politics in the utopian theoretical?political? projects. Every political change is always a linguistic change as well: Utopias and Dystopias are connected to a semantic turn and to a different use of the language. This issue is focused on the well-known Utopias of the past, the global challenges of the present time and the linguistic Utopias in poetry and philosophy. Nowadays, there here is a renewed interest in Utopian studies. In the current global crisis, reflecting upon Utopia could be a philosophical tool to build a new strategy of resistance, to create a new way of living together and to organize pessimism in the hope of making a better future.


  • Preliminary Notes
  • Thomas Schölderle, Sentieri dell’utopia. Sulla storia del pensiero utopico (traduzione italiana di A. Lucci)
  • Pierre Macherey, Le réel de l’utopie
  • Maurizio Cambi, Istruzioni per scrivere un’utopia. Tommaso Campanella e la Città del Sole
  • Nicole Pohl, Of Baloons and Foreign Worlds: Mary Hamilton and Eighteenth-Century Flights of Fancy 
  • Ramón Álvarez Layna, Robert Owen entre la historia, el lenguaje y el pensamiento
  • Vincenzo Vitiello, Es ist zeit. Il linguaggio ‘utopico’ della poesia:Paul Celan
  • Lisa Block de Behar, Borges: algunos de sus inesperados encuentros en una utopía interminable
  • Xin Mao, Utopia in Lévinas: Null-Site as Reduction from Said to Saying, from Politics to Ethics
  • Manuela Ceretta, Il linguaggio nella distopia, i linguaggi della distopia
  • Fatima Vieira, L’utopia filosofia e la realtà politica
  • I poeti der Trullo, Pane / Capitale umana