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Thursday, July 07, 2011

futilitarian

\fyoo-til-i-TAIR-ee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
Believing that human hopes are vain and unjustified.
Quotes:
In America the silence was more oppressive than the ignorance; but perhaps elsewhere the world might still hide some haunt of futilitarian silence where content reigned - although long search had not revealed it - and so the pilgramage began anew!
-- Henry Adams, The education of Henry Adams
There is another way of looking at the problem which I hope Feigl will not regard as wholly futilitarian in character, although I am not sure that it solves anything.
-- Paul Feyerabend, Herbert Feigl, Grover Maxwell, Mind, matter, and method
Origin:
Futilitarian is a satirical coinage from the 1820s combining "futility" and "utilitarian."
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