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 utopian society refers to a group of people attempting to live together in a perfect way to form a perfect society. There are many different views and beliefs on what a utopian society looks like. More » World View Philosophy

Characteristics of utopian societies include the right to do whatever a person wants, a lack of religion, equality among all people, government support for all people, an abundant supply of everything, no work and availa... More » History Ancient History
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