The Main Contributors to a Future Utopia

Richard Kinnier, Kerrie G. Wilkins, David L. Hauser, Silva M. Hassert, Laura C. Petrolle

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Abstract

Which people, events, movements, institutions, and documents in the history of humankind have contributed most to the possible realization of a future utopia (i. e., a time when the Golden Rule is universally lived by)? This study consisted of two phases. The first phase involved generating nominated lists from over 100 graduate students and professionals in a variety of fields. In the second phase, the two resultant lists of 155 people and 122 events, movements, institutions, and documents were sent to a randomly-selected list of 400 tenured and tenure-track history and philosophy professors at 40 randomly-selected public Research 1 universities. These professors were asked to select who and what would be on their 'A' lists. The most frequently-selected people included Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Buddha. The most-frequently selected events, movements, institutions, and documents included: the Abolitionist movement, the American Bill of Rights, and the Abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa. The lists are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-394
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Contributing people
  • Documents
  • Events
  • Future utopia
  • Institutions
  • Movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Kinnier, R., Wilkins, K. G., Hauser, D. L., Hassert, S. M., & Petrolle, L. C. (2011). The Main Contributors to a Future Utopia. Current Psychology, 30(4), 383-394. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-011-9125-y