chapter  1
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Values in Utopian Thought

WithWendell Bell

Let’s begin the discussion of the ethical foundations of futures studies by examining the values that a few key utopian writers throughout history used to define the good society and how they tried to justify their belief in them. Of course, given the immense literature on utopian and social thought, this account is merely an illustrative sample of utopian writers. A comprehensive account has been written by Frank E. Manuel and Fritzie P. Manuel (1979) and I gratefully acknowledge that I rely on it heavily.