Get name of class without instance

Bryan bryanvick at
Wed Jun 24 12:17:31 EDT 2009

Given a class:

class Foo(object):

How can I get the name "Foo" without having an instance of the class?

str(Foo) gives me more than just the name Foo.   "__main__.Account"
Foo.__class__.__name__ gives me "type"

I don't want to do:
Foo().__class__.__name__ if possible.  I would rather avoid the
constructor.  I just want to get a string "Foo"

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