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Utopia: the imaginary design of a non-existent social state in literature or political discussion. While the utopia sketches a positive alternative to the present, the dystopia depicts a negative horror vision. Characteristic of utopias is the emphasis on their almost impossible realizability. See also politics, society, history.

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Jürgen Habermas on Utopia - Dictionary of Arguments

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Utopia/Habermas: the attempt to state an equivalent for what was once meant by the idea of good life must not tempt us to derive an idea of good life from the procedural concept of rationality, with which we have left behind the decentralized understanding of the world of modernity.
Wellmer: "For this reason, we can only state certain formal conditions of a reasonable life." (1)


1. A Wellmer, Thesen über Vernunft, Emanzipation und Utopie, MS (1979), S. 53.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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