Thomas More, Utopia and Spiritual Masters
This panel looks at various spiritual masters that have influenced Thomas More’s writings, notably his Utopia.
The first paper, by Professor Elliott M. Simon (Professor Emeritus, University of Haifa, Israel) explores the Utopian religion, and finds its origin in the syncretical system of belief in divine providence and the immortality of the soul edified by the Stoics and Epicureans. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Tommaso Campanella are also called upon to explain the particular syncretism present in the Utopian religions.
Utopian Religion(s): Giovanni Pico, Thomas More, and Tommaso Campanella