Dialogue on democracy between Plato and More on a friday night over a drink.
M(ore): What is your opinion on social freedom and individual role in society?
P(lato): I believe in three classes. There will be those who rule, the warriors, and the masses. The masses will work, and will not involve themselves with ruling or responsibilities of the society, and a select group will take on the responsibility of leading the society for the good of the whole.… Read the rest here
Professor Karl Qualls
I will be comparing many works for my project such as Mores Utopia and Platos republic; However, I will also be looking back in history and studying the Finland/Soviet winter war (1939-1940). Finland, a small socialist and neutral nation, was invaded and aggressed by a neighboring nation and was forced to fight for its freedom and survival, despite Finland being anti war. Looking at this historical event, I will draw a parallel to Thomas More’s theoretical Utopia.… Read the rest here
The United States Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
The United States Declaration, written in 1776, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, written in 1789, are similar documents stressing freedom and equality; however are different, not because of the content, but because why they were composed. The United States Declaration of Independence was composed in order to outline how the States had been wronged and oppressed long enough by the British.… Read the rest here
Professor K. Qualls
First Year Seminar 2012
Comparing The Relationships Between The Rulers And The Ruled In Thomas Mores and Platos Utopian Societies
Both Thomas More and Plato believe that Utopian societies must have class systems; however they have different views on responsibility in their respective Utopias. While Plato argues that a select and limited group of people should rule and have the important responsibilities, More argues that responsibilities are to be more spread out amongst the people.… Read the rest here
When we all first came together at what is called ‘The House’, it was a new set of faces. I could only recognize one other, as we had been in contact for many months before. We all arrived one after the other and were led to the back of the establishment where we were told to ‘hang out and get acquainted’. We all stood in some sort of uneven circle, looking around us and at our feet, nobody speaking.… Read the rest here