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Scientific utopia
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1. Introduction

Utopias imagine the reality of what ought to be in the mirror of that which ought not. As a genre, they are related to the ideal and the plan, but also to the satire. Depending on their audience, their representational form might range from a novel to a project design. Utopias court and strive for realization, and their intellectual horizon extends to institutionalization [21. vol. 2].


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Gierl, Martin, “Scientific utopia”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030496>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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