Work

Island cover

 cover

 cover

Island

wd:Q2419461

Island is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World. The ideas that would become Island can be seen in a foreword he wrote in 1946 to a new edition of Brave New World: If I were now to rewrite the book, I would offer the Savage a third alternative. Between the Utopian and primitive horns of his dilemma would lie the possibility of sanity... In this community economics would be decentralist and Henry-Georgian, politics Kropotkinesque and co-operative. Science and technology would be used as though, like the Sabbath, they had been made for man, not (as at present and still more so in the Brave New World) as though man were to be adapted and enslaved to them. Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man's Final End, the unitive knowledge of immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahman. And the prevailing philosophy of life would be a kind of Higher Utilitarianism, in which the Greatest Happiness principle would be secondary to the Final End principle – the first question to be asked and answered in every contingency of life being: "How will this thought or action contribute to, or interfere with, the achievement, by me and the greatest possible number of other individuals, of man's Final End?
Read more or edit on Wikipedia

editions

  • Island

    edition language: English
    date of publication: 2008

    ISBN-13: 978-0-09-947777-8
    ISBN-10: 0-09-947777-7
    Public
    nothing here
  • Island

    edition language: English
    date of publication: 2009

    ISBN-13: 978-0-06-156179-5
    ISBN-10: 0-06-156179-7
    Public
    nothing here
add
add an edition without an ISBN

Welcome to Inventaire

the library of your friends and communities
learn more
Feedback
you are offline