from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ideals or principles of a utopian; idealistic and impractical social theory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative capitalization of Utopianism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ideas, views, aims, etc., of a Utopian; impracticable schemes of human perfection; optimism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The characteristic views or bent of mind of a utopian; ideas founded on or relating to ideal social perfectibility; optimism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the political orientation of a Utopian who believes in impossibly idealistic schemes of social perfection
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Green high-design utopianism is virulent at Make It Right, as at Global Green, and all the houses feature sophisticated systems to achieve net-zero energy use.
Since utopianism is now an acknowledged strategy for change, it is a bit surprising that neither Abbott nor Hill makes explicit reference to it, but the omission should remind us of the longstanding hostility toward utopianism that existed in sociology.
Its utopianism is not a sign of political irrelevance.
14Sargisson distinguishes inversion from the genuinely critical and creative rethinking evident in utopianism: “inversion of hierarchy is not ... sufficient to challenge the existence of hierarchy” (Utopian Bodies 130-31). close window
Dion’s myopic utopianism is so misguided that it’s difficult to imagine how one could even begin to think that a massive tax increase will create a positive “shift” in environmentalism.
But that difficulty of comprehension is not the same as being lost in utopianism.
Those who dispute the dictum are accused of utopianism, which is condemned as an intellectual and emotional error, not just a mistake but a danger.
The debate, in high flown academic language, concerns a critique by the man of the American political system, and the unthinking utopianism which is inherent in the enforced ideology of capitalism and its superiority to all other systems.
A senior editor at the conservative National Review and a former speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Reagan, Hart recently remarked that "when the free market becomes a kind of utopianism, it maximizes ordinary human imperfection, unleashing greed, short views, and the resulting barbarism."
I mean, Marxism is also a kind of utopianism like globalization, like fascism, like any other ism that justifies human suffering for that ultimate paradise.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.