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Abstract and Concrete Utopia

1. Etymologically, the word ‘utopia,’ derived from the Greek, means the ‘place [tópos] that is not [ou],’ or ‘no such place.’ Ever since Thomas Moore's De Optimo Rei Publicae Statu, deque Nova Insula Utopia (Lat., “The Best State of the Republic, and the New Isle of Utopia”), ‘Utopia’ has been a luminous popular concept. As a gen…

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Lützenkirchen, H.-Georg, “Utopia”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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