As regards the history of socialism (chapters I & II), the little-known roots of the term itself belong to "Catholic theologians" of the 18 th century, who "referred to a tendency in the works of Grotius and Pufendorf" to assume that "the legal order of society should be founded on the human need for 'sociality' rather than divine revelation." (6) Better known is the use of this term by 19th-century Owenites "in England and the Fourierists in France", who were horrified by "the misery of the working masses" under the prevailing "economic sphere", which had clearly betrayed the melioristic
aspirations of "the French Revolution" (7-9).
Vision basically designates an eschatological horizon, a melioristic
open trend--not a teleological one.
By understanding how principles of economizing action play out in provoking war and revolution, lessons might be learned that would facilitate adoption of some melioristic
effort, but that is about all that anyone can expect from economic analysis.
McDonald further argues that ethics is melioristic
in that it is concerned with increasing the diversity of kinds of actualisation that are happening in the world.
Efforts to seize the Kingdom by violence, passive withdrawal from corruption to await the Second Coming, or melioristic
reform efforts--all these and other responses," notes historian James Moorhead, "have been adduced from eschatological symbols." (3) Early Mormon eschatology is best characterized as an apocalyptic version of millennialism, one that corresponds conceptually to what theologians call premillennialism and social scientists call millenarianism.
In books like Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny (1999) and The Evolution of God (2009), Wright offers a melioristic
vision of history where the development and refinement of thinking about God, like the dramatically speedy improvement of communication media, provide enthralling new possibilities for a more cooperative and peaceful world.
This is not to say, however, that Quicksand celebrates the liberating and melioristic
possibilities of pragmatism.
a Pandora's box of melioristic
, unpredictable, inventive, or simply perverse-curious adventures, abandoning the conservative spirit of genetic repair for the path of creative arrogance.
He tells much about the nature of the melioristic
activity--adding, as we will see, his own commentary.
On the contrary the era burned with the passion of civic idealism and melioristic
In a fundamental sense, this study honors philosophically the melioristic
tradition of science.
Let us finally remember that it cannot be the aim of progress to abolish the lot of mortality." (37) However, all the stakeholders, including theologians, involved in the debates regarding ethical challenges in translational medicine, and therefore in stem cell research, accept the melioristic
destiny of the human beings.