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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Definitions for meliorism

  1. the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort.

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Citations for meliorism
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 of meliorism
Meliorism entered English in the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin word melior meaning "better."