They assert that the present state of history, though they focus on the years of the 2000s, is characterized by the emergence of a new sensibility that oscillates between, and can also be situated beyond, modern positions (utopism
, linear progress, grand narratives, history, ect.) and postmodern strategies (historicism, rejection of propositions which claim general validity, antiutopism, anti-narrative, ect.).
ignores the reality of basic market system elements, or it assumes that the driving force of individual interests, voluntary and free decisions and individual responsibility can be substituted by power tools and declarations of state.
I happen to believe we cannot do without such utopism
in these times, but it is very important in reading such exercises to understand that this is what we are looking at.
'It is the result of social utopism
which believes that humanity can be socially re-engineered and genetically re-engineered which contradicts the lessons of history and realities of nature.
Thus he praises Marti's "defying utopism
" as well as all the "firm revolutionaries" (Orbita 520, 352), a group in which he, with his essays and poetry, seeks enrollment.
Antohi argues for an interpretation of nineteenth-century Romanian utopism
based on classical international models.
(1.) For complete definition of these terms, see the excellent article by Sargent entitled "The Three Faces of Utopism
Revisited." Sargent defines anti-utopia "as a criticism of utopianism or of some particular eutopia" directed toward a contemporaneous reader.