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An invitation to consider… the ethics, practices of the ideal society the extent to which humans are ‘naturally’ inclined to the ideal extent to which human nature could/should be altered to fit the ideal
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Utopia—More’s ideal society Perfect freedom from need of the necessities of life Egalitarian—Everyone has the same (therefore treated with equal respect?) Communist—No private property, or money even Intellectual hedonism—Short work day, ample time for pleasure through intellectual activity Meritarian—Positions of power, advantage awarded on the basis of merit
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Is More’s ideal society possible? Some ways in which present-day society is Utopian: Cost-benefit analysis, an extension of utilitarianism to economics, now a common tool of policy makers. Religious toleration Democracy Value of order, system in organization of social practice, environment.
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Trouble in paradise?
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course IAH 206 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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