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Utopianism and Anti-utopianism from Ethical Perspective


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Lisac, Maja. (2018). Utopianism and Anti-utopianism from Ethical Perspective. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Philosophy. [mentor Jurić, Hrvoje].

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As an overview of the term 'utopia', this paper presents the extension of the term from the domain of political philosophy into the very heart of ethics. The conventional understanding of the terms utopianism and anti-utopianism is based on conceptualising utopia as a destination, whereas this paper demonstrates that it should be understood as a path. From the perspective of the ethics of the future, utopia is one of the central principles of human activity, and can be equated with the concept of hope. The paper is centred on the polemic between two philosophers, Ernst Bloch who is the representative of utopianism of the ethics of the future, and Hans Jonas who positions himself as an anti-utopian of the ethics of the future. Exposing the mistake in Jonas’s criticism of Bloch’s utopianism affirms the compatibility between Jonas’s principle of responsibility and Bloch’s principle of hope, since both address the process of forging the future based on awareness of the consequences of one’s acts. Both authors oppose arriving at a single solution in the form of a ready-made utopia. Instead, they propose a different approach that allows for utopia to be understood as a driving force towards a better and sustainable life in the future.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Utopianism, anti-utopianism, political philosophy, ethics of the future, ethics of responsibility, the principle of hope.
Subjects: Philosophy
Departments: Department of Philosophy
Supervisor: Jurić, Hrvoje
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 13:50
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 13:50

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