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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

meliorism

\MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh-\ , noun;
1.
the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.
Quotes:
For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; and such a contemplation of the world we call meliorism.
-- Paul Carus, Monism and Meliorism, 1885
The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists, the idea that significant progress could be made through consciousness-raising and education campaigns, through consensus and gradual reform.
-- David Brooks, "The Ideas Behind the March," The New York Times, 2013
Origin:
Meliorism entered English in the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin word melior meaning "better."
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