10.21464/mo41.221.2339

The Happy Town – The Applicability of Petrić’s Concept of Eutopia in the Modern Context

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Frane Petrić sa svojim je djelom Sretni grad nesumnjivo dao doprinos nizu povijesnih pokušaja osmišljavanja savršenog mjesta za život i blagostanje građana. Ovaj je renesansni filozof na tragu Aristotela ocrtao konture položaja, društvenog ustrojstva, modela obrazovanja i drugih elemenata polisa koji bi, po svemu sudeći, trebali riješiti manjkavosti gradova odnosno država njegova vremena. Koliko se njegova slika idealnog grada uklapa u današnji, suvremeni kontekst? Koje ideje bi mogle i trebale zaživjeti, a koje su obilježene duhom i ograničenjima njegova vremena? Slijedom toga, koje su univerzalne vrijednosti koje i danas ne gube na cijeni i potrebitosti jednako kao i stotinama godina ranije?Frane Petrić’s The Happy Town (Sretni grad) is unquestionably one of many historic attempts at conceptualising a perfect place for the life and well-being of humans. This Renaissance philosopher, following Aristotle, outlined the location, social structure, educational model, and other elements of a polis that he believed would solve the shortcomings of the cities and states of his time. To what extent does his picture of the ideal city fit into today’s modern context? Which ideas could and should function, and which are marked by the spirit and limitations of his time? Consequently, what universal values still have the same worth and necessity as they did hundreds of years ago

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