ABC Radio National Big Ideas program - Utopian Thinking

Date & time
7.05–7.30pm Monday 24 April 2017

ABC Radio National - Big Ideas program

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Utopia - Thomas More

Have you ever wondered where all the Utopian thinkers have gone?  Just over 500 years ago, philosopher, theological and lawyer, Thomas More, penned his landmark book, ‘The New Island of Utopia’. In doing so, he coined a word that, in these pragmatic times, has garnered something of bad reputation. What is Utopia, and is there any point striving for it? Where can we find evidence of Utopian thought, now? Paul Barclay speaks to a panel of writers and scholars.

Recorded at the National Library of Australia on 28 March, 2017. Produced in conjunction with the ANU’s Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities.

The ABC Radio national program Big Ideas will broadcast this program on Utopian Thinking on Monday 24 April 2017 at 7pm.



  • Peter Singer »

    Philosopher; author; Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University; Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

  • Alexis Wright »

    Miles Franklin award winning author.

  • Jacqueline Dutton »

    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne; author; expert on the history of Australian Utopias.

  • Russell Jacoby »

    Professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles; author.

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