Davis 1Wayne DavisEnglish 112Annotated BibliographyProfessor Hillis GofApril 28, 2020
Davis 2Annotated BibliographyAbstract: The leaders of utopian societies never plan for their society to turn dystopic. However, in every novel, societies always become dystopic due to the leaders abusing their power. They believe what they are doing is correct when actually, it has detrimental efects to their community. Research plans to look at the leaders of these dystopian societies and how they have abusedtheir power. Brooks, Thom. “Knowledge and Power in Plato’s Political Thought.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, 2006, pp. 51–77. Thom Brooks is writing about Plato and his two distinct political ideas, his ‘ideal political philosophy’ and his ‘practical political philosophy.’ The first is where kings rule in absolute power over his subjects. They rule because of their superior knowledge and comprehension. However, this can lead to the dystopic ideals which I amgoing to discuss. Kings could abuse their power to get what they desire. The second is where this king is undermined by others in his community.If others also possess the knowledge of the king, then they will not allowhim to become an absolute and rule without accountability. Brooks points out that Plato realizes how his ideal political thought is dangerousleading him to approve of his practical political theory. This is a primary article in the abuse of power and how that could afect a society. What
Davis 3would Plato think about today's government? Does it have too much power over the citizens?CLAEYS, GREGORY. DYSTOPIA: a Natural History. OXFORD UNIV Press, 2018. This novel discuses dystopias in detail, ranging from Satan’s Triumphant March to Nazi Germany and the ‘Final Solution’ to Post-Totalitarian Dystopia. This would be a primary source throughout the novel. It relates to Utopianism: a Very Short Introduction through the description of Hitler and Stalin’s real-world dystopias. It dives deep into 1984 and the meaning behind the novel. Cambodia’s genocide, led by Pol Pot, is one of the least discussed real-world dystopias in history. Pol Pot abused his power and decided to eradicate the ‘others’ much like Hitler. Although it does not talk about equality like Plato’s “The Republic”, there are some similarities in relation to governmental power. Chapter 4 talks about totalitarianism in the mid-twentieth century and how that ledto a decrease in power given to governments. Quotes from this source could be used in every paragraph because it covers such a wide range of topics and relates to many other sources.