'A Truly Golden Handbook'
The Scholarly Quest for Utopia
Edited by Veerle Achten, Erik Schokkaert, and Geert Bouckaert
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In 1516, the eminent English humanist Thomas More tried his hand at imagining a perfect society on a distant island. His Utopia was published in the Flemish town of Leuven, home of a university that was established almost a century earlier. 500 years later, scholars of this university revisit More’s best-known work and reflect on the ideal society of the future, using the scientific insights of today, including perspectives which More could never have imagined. What will our cities look like a hundred years from now? How will stem cell research and 3D printing change the world? Will we be able to cure all diseases? Will we be traveling to other planets? Will computers take over? Or will humanity find a way to improve the quality of life for everyone and feed a growing world population?
In A Truly Golden Handbook, more than fifty KU Leuven scholars share their science-based utopian dreams. From the creation of spare organs, artificial intelligence and the genetic future, to global governance, ecological sustainability and pathways to more equality, this visionary book offers a broad interdisciplinary look at the world of tomorrow.
Contributors: All contributions were written by academics of KU Leuven. Conny Aerts, Ivo Aertsen, Marc Boogaerts, Geert Bouckaert, René Bouwen, Frederik Ceyssens, Stephan Claes, Katrijn Clémer, Sara Coemans, Goele Cornelissen, Marc Craps, Joep Crompvoets, Lieven De Cauter, Ortwin de Graef, Jan De Lepeleire, Dorien De Man, Bart De Moor, Koen Devriendt, Rudi D’Hooge, Thomas D’Hooghe, Philip Dutré, Jan Elen, Liesbet Geris, Gerard Govers, Styn Grieten, Karin Hannes, Ann Heylighen, Hilde Heynen, Rianne Janssen, Rudy Lauwereins, Koen Lemmens, Peter Lievens, Katlijn Malfliet, Jan Masschelein, Terrence Merrigan, Yves Moreau, Bart Muys, Marten Ovaere, Jan Rongé, Erik Schokkaert, Frans Schuit, Maarten Simons, Manuel Sintubin, Stéphane Symons, Rik Torfs, Chantal Van Audenhove, Kenneth Van den Bergh, André Van de Putte, Hilde Van Esch, Inge Vanfraechem, Ine Van Hoyweghen, Geertrui Van Overwalle, Peter Van Puyvelde, Arne van Stiphout, An Verburgh, Peter Vermeersch, Johan Wagemans, Lode Walgrave.
Veerle Achten, Geert Bouckaert and Erik Schokkaert
1. The Utopian Human
Engineering the Human
Will Life Go Live One Day?
Bart De Moor
Preventive Maintenance for a Future without Disease
Digital Health Care for Real Patients
Liesbet Geris and Ine Van Hoyweghen
The Replaceable Brain
The Genetic Future
Blood and Stem Cell Utopia: The Search for the Holy Grail
Healthy Genes for Everyone
Koen Devriendt and Hilde Van Esch
Universal Reproductive Freedom and Health
The Health Care of the Future
Eradicating Depression without Losing Humanity
Recovery without Cure
Chantal Van Audenhove
Person-Centered Health Care without Fragmentation
Jan De Lepeleire
2. Utopian Society
The Governance of the Future
Utopian Public Governance: Cloudy, Cloudier, Cloudiest
Geert Bouckaert and Joep Crompvoets
Creative Democracy and the Global Citizen
Freedom of Expression: Rediscovering Speakers’ Interests
Responding to Crime through Restoration
Lode Walgrave, Ivo Aertsen and Inge Vanfraechem
The Citizen of the Future
Religion as a Utopia?
Diversity without a Group Approach
Building upon Disability Experience
Co-Creating the Future Now
Marc Craps, Styn Grieten and Rene Bouwen
School: Everyone Can Learn Everything
An Verburgh, Maarten Simons, Jan Masschelein, Rianne Janssen, Jan Elen and Goele Cornelissen
The Market of the Future
2100: A Good Life in a Global Economy
Wage without Work
Marten Ovaere, Kenneth Van den Bergh and Arne van Stiphout
Innovation without Property?
Geertrui Van Overwalle
Unlimited Energy in a Finite World: A Stepping Stone from Humanity to ‘Humaneity’
Jan Ronge and Dorien De Man
3. The Utopian World
The City of the Future
Lutopia: An Ideal City in an Ideal World
The Future of the Earth
The Moral Obligation of a Dream
Is There a Common Future for People and Trees?
The Long and Difficult Road to the Land of Cockaigne 2.0
A World without Man, the End of the Anthropocene?
The Planets of the Future
Towards Other Worlds in the Milky Way
Conny Aerts and Katrijn Clemer
Interstellar Expeditions with a Medieval Mindset
4. Utopian Knowledge
The Materials of the Future
Superatoms – More with Less Matter
3D Printing: The Making of Utopia
Peter Van Puyvelde
The Information of the Future
Thinking and Conscious Machines?
The Geek Reformation
The Science of the Future
The (App)Sense of Numbers and Narratives in Social Science Research
Karin Hannes and Sara Coemans
The Ideal Organization of Science: Two Simple but Utopian Proposals
5. On Utopian Reflection
More’s Mere Words: Utopia Writ Large
Ortwin de Graef
Engaging History: Religion and Politics in Utopia
Utopia Rediscovered: A Redefinition of Utopianism in the Light of the Enclosures of the Commons
Lieven De Cauter
It Always Seems Impossible until It’s Done
What’s Wrong with Social Utopianism?
Andre Van de Putte
Format: Edited volume - hardback
Size: 240 × 160 mm
Publication: September 26, 2016
Stock item number: 124541
Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. He is honorary professor of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and visiting professor at the University of Potsdam.
Veerle Achten is chair and co-ordinator of Metaforum, the KU Leuven interdisciplinary think-tank for societal debate.
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