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1. The notion, a) The term "Utopia" comes from the title of St. Thomas More's novel of the ideal State (1516; Greek, οὑ τόπος, Noplace)/ and designates the partly satirical and partly programmatical sketches of, State and society which form a fairly common literary genre. There are “positive” Utopias which build on existing conditions to open up the widest possible perspectives on the ideals which have been planned or longed for. Others are deliberately negative, displaying the possible abuses of …

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Karl Woschitz, “Utopia”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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