Where did the word utopia come from? It was coined by Thomas More in 1516 in his book now known as Utopia as the name of an imaginary country. It originally meant no place, or nowhere, but now means a non-existent good place. The Introduction explores the use of the word utopia in literature since Thomas More, looks at the connotations of the word, and considers utopian social theory. Utopianism, many argue, is essential for the improvement of the human condition. But if used wrongly, it becomes dangerous. Utopia has an inherent contradictory nature here.