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Course Journal 4

Course Journal 4 - Many argued that a society without...

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In Daniel Simond’s response to the idea of the utopian society created by Socrates, Simond argues that while some may find it difficult to believe that people would be willing and let alone happy to live in such a miserable society, it is plausible that those who grow up in this society without luxuries such free thought or individualism would simply not know that another way of life exists. Essentially, Simond contends that indeed ignorance is bliss—people cannot miss or want something they do not know of or understand. I chose to examine this entry because it is a strong point in contradiction to the debate as to whether Socrates’ just city is truly that unrealistic and unlikely to ever occur.
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Unformatted text preview: Many argued that a society without family connections, without the freedom to have unrestricted sex, without social mobility, could not prosper because people would not be content living under such conditions. However, as Simond points out, if people never knew of these freedoms in the first place, how could they miss it and be discontent? Generations of individuals would follow the expectations of this structured and controlling society because it would be difficult not to. Overall, I agree with this argument and the ideas that bring forth the concept that under the right conditions, such a society could exist....
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