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p. 1187. Utopia and ideologylocked

  • Lyman Tower Sargent

Abstract

The term ideology was coined by French thinker Antoine Destutt de Tracy in about 1794 for a new science of ideas. It was adopted to mean the ways people mislead themselves and others via their beliefs. It is also used to describe a system of belief, usually political, that organizes a view of the world. ‘Utopia and ideology’ looks at the connection between the terms and how this connection can be confusing. The 20th century has been called the ‘age of ideology’ and utopia used both as a contrast and as being interchangeable with ideology. There is a utopia at the heart of every ideology. It is not clear how a utopia can become an ideology.

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