Thomas More wrote "Utopia" to highlight the political struggle between church and state and the influence it had on the daily lives of people. The word "utopia" is Greek. It has two meanings: The first meaning is "no pla... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

The main reason is etymological. The word "utopia" comes from the Greek root for place (topia) and the prefix "eu" means "good." So, the meaning of utopia is simply "the good place." More » World View Philosophy

A dystopia is a society that is characterized as frightening and undesirable. Dystopias are frequently depicted in stories and novels set in the future, and are the defining settings within the dystopian fiction category... More » Art & Literature Folklore Mythology
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