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Absurdly impractical or visionary, especially to the neglect of more useful activity.

[After the flying island of Laputa, in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where absurd projects are pursued and useful pursuits neglected.]

La·pu′tan n.
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Adj.1.Laputan - relating to or characteristic of the imaginary country of Laputa or its people
2.Laputan - not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"
utopian - characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes"
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However "striking" it is, the "image of the Laputan's dual gaze" is obviously oversimplifying that question, and any connection between Swift and Heidegger made from there could face the same risk.
This time he is confronted with a language that is more familiar than those he has previously experienced, the Laputan language being "not unlike in sound to the Italian", which causes him to answer in that same language, "hoping at least that the cadence might be more agreeable" to his listeners (412).
In the view of our Laputan foreign-policy establishment, what is happening in Syria and elsewhere is a conflict between "democracy" and dictatorship.
H But in his lampooning of the Laputan experimenters and their ridiculous productions, Swirl is satirizing not only natural philosophy but also its presentation in utopian terms and, thus, the utopian texts that had heralded the wonders of the new technologies a century before.
Floating beyond financial niceties, the world of brand management deals not only in dollars, but also in units called "return in media profile." To the uninitiated, this index presents a curiously laputan mode of accounting.
In the guise of a travelog, Gulliver's Travels satirizes inappropriate curiosity in travel, experimentation, and sex through the Laputan women, whose sexual appetites are equivalent to the destructive excesses of the Whig scientists.
These Yahoos, a very few Granted, must further be advised to learn a second language, Jargon, exemplified by the Academy description of the Laputan Loadstone (142) and the precise language of the Mariner (64).
that would be merely as bad as telling a dream -- unless perhaps I do it in the manner of the Laputan printing press -- that is I put down Mountains, Rivers Lakes, dells, glens, Rocks, and Clouds, With beautiful enchanting, gothic picturesque fine, delightful, enchanting, Grand, sublime -- a few Blisters & c -- and now you have our journey thus far(4)
Certainly this is Armantrout's most audacious poem to date, getting away with something indeed in its comedic treatment of self-arousal and menstruation (think of how many solemnly declarative poems have addressed those subjects);(19) in its mockery of the (undoubtedly male) doctor and his Laputan etymology (or is it geometry?), able to divide a seven-letter word into equal segments; in its mixing of vulgarity ("'the way you lie there'") and euphemism ("down there"); above all in its use of the manner of fairy tale and parable for purposes of a counterstory, one that the "good mother" herself would never tell.
An instructive analogue to his satiric onslaughts against the culture of the eye is Swift's Laputan academy, where professors in the school of languages had instigated projects " to shorten discourse by cutting polysyllables into one, and leaving out verbs and participles, because in reality all things imaginable are but nouns," and, still more radically, to dispense with words altogether.