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p. 664. Utopianism in other traditionslocked

  • Lyman Tower Sargent

Abstract

Are utopias a Western creation? Most scholars argue that utopian traditions have existed in other cultures such as Buddhism, Confucian, Hinduism, Japanese Shintoism, and Islam. ‘Utopianism in other traditions’ looks at such utopias and analyses whether the myths that are part of the idea of a utopia share any similarities. There are two common utopian forms with parallels in the West and other cultures: an ideal society in the past and some version of a paradise. Visions of a good life to be brought about by human efforts seem to be common and culturally specific. Social movements such as feminism and environmentalism have raised questions that have been answered in similar ways in different places.

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