n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Standard-form contracts and the evolving idea of private law justice : a case of democratic capitalist justice versus natural justice : aantekeninge

Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Societies are not static. Human nature would want to perceive, and therefore it creates, the belief that the transition of society will always be towards something better. The idea of creating a perfect "utopian" society is a very old dream. Isaiah Berlin writes that most utopias are set in a remote past - a "golden age" (Berlin "The decline of utopian ideas in the West" in (1992) 20-48). Homer talks about the happy Phaeacians, and about the blameless Ethiopians amongst whom Zeus used to dwell. Hesiod talks about the "new" age succeeded by progressively worse eras. Plato speaks in the about people once being whole and complete in a happy but remote past.

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