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Miriam Eliav-Feldon suggests that for the "ideal imaginary societies" of the Renaissance we should use the syntagm "realistic utopias," signifying possible meliorist alternatives to the contemporary social reality.
While the standard indicates attention to "diverse students" (a social meliorist discourse, Kliebard, 1994), this standard relates more closely to a developmentalist model in demanding teacher candidates tailor teaching for pupils based on "developmentally appropriate instruction for the grade." The references to "grade-level" developmental stages, and to engaging and persisting with "the" content (in Item 2), elide explicit reference to cultural variables in learning, such as race, class, and gender.
Hardy denied he was a pessimist, preferring the label "evolutionary meliorist" ("Preface," LLv.2, 319); he also insisted that he was not a Positivist (Letters v.3, 53) though he certainly knew Comte's work.
Piketty is a pessimistic meliorist. He sees the growth of wealth and its concentration as the natural results of very simple and universal laws, as applicable in a precapitalist context as in the modern world of unshackled finance.
Despite the divergence in choice of genre, this experimentation situates Lefanu alongside the rational and meliorist empiricism of some of her female forebears, narrowing the alleged gap between a rational approach to children's literature and one that prefers the distinctions of fantasy and fairy tale.
The notion of "social studies," widely adopted in the rhetoric and curricula of schools across Ontario in the 1930s, was intimately connected to the social meliorist orientation toward progressive schooling.
Although this 'whole' was never achieved, a meliorist narrative framed development efforts, until undercut by economic and political crisis, structural adjustment and neo-liberalism.
He was not a political atomist either, but a political meliorist. See Holowchak 2012, pp.
In so doing, Stroud argues that the key to a life well lived can be found in Dewey's revisioning of activity--a revisioning which emphasizes an attentive orientation to the present, the unification of means and ends in our everyday practices, and an emphasis on meliorist projects which culminate in growth.
Baron Georg von Hertling, a parliamentary leader of the Center Party, was the chief spokesman for the meliorist viewpoint.
It was in keeping with the gradualist and meliorist character of the American philosophy that progress would take time.
On the one hand, natural selection is touted as the main mechanism in God's meliorist design.
Here might be his exit from Calvary--one feels a whiff of social engineering here, more of our meliorist time than of Faulkner's, more aligned to our view of diplomas and connections, the kind of thing Oprah herself supports--but he is outraged by this proposition, sees it as anathema.
Following the Enlightenment and the growth of a meliorist, progressive sensibility, the believers in a just war seem inspired by the Virgilian outlook that fate, as well as the violence and unspeakable (infandum) cruelties incarnate in war, can be transcended by the eventual triumph of reason, rational order, and peace, as Anchises described Rome's future to his son Aeneas in the Aeneid: the rulers must remember "to impose the habit of peace, to be merciful to the vanquished, and to overcome the mighty" (Commager 8-9).