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    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


    The second paper, delivered by Frank Mitjans (Thomas More Institute, London, UK) intends to show how the Early Church Father, John Chrysostom (c.349–407)influenced More’s Utopia. Plato’s influence is opposed to Chrysostom’s, for example in the way Thomas More understood civitas, a word he used rather than Plato’s respublica in his Hexastichon at the opening of Utopia. This paper will consider the influence of Chrysostom on More at the time of his writing Utopia.

    More and Chrysostom

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    The third paper, by Yelena Mazour-Matusevich (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA) focuses on More’s admiration for Jean Gerson, the only late medieval writer to have so much influence in 16th century England and on More in particular. Gerson’s influence on Utopia’s author grew as More got older and became more visible in his Tower works, as this paper intends to show.

    Jean Gerson and Thomas More: A Preliminary Assessment




    Listen to the questions following the three panel lectures: