Philosophical fantasy: thinking utopian spaces and the space for utopian thought

  • Adriana Zaharijević Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
  • Predrag Krstić Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
utopia, fantasy, other worlds, novelty, social theory


The main question of this article is why imagine other worlds. In addition to shedding light on the motivation, we also examine the imaginative processes, their resources and the associative arrangements available to imagination in the construction of new worlds. We see ‘other worlds’ as both utopian and as fantastic spaces, following the hypothesis that the space of fantasy is never entirely free. We place particular emphasis on the space and time of utopia, and on the aspect of the novelty. The paper is divided into four parts. The first takes into account the path to the other world, or the methodical problem of imagination. The second wants to portray the other world, or the limitations to imagining something entirely different and new. The third part inquires about the cost of utopian thinking: what is lost in the process, what is sacrificed to its flattening gestures? Finally, despite all these limitations, in the fourth part we consider the significance of utopian thought for social theory.


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How to Cite
Zaharijević, Adriana, and Predrag Krstić. 2017. “Philosophical Fantasy: Thinking Utopian Spaces and the Space for Utopian Thought”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 12 (2), 641–663.