College Of Arts And Sciences | Utopias
E103 | 0102 | Hanson
1:25-2:15 MW BH 310
What would an ideal society be like? How would its members relate to one
another and to the physical world? Would the ideal state impose any
unwelcome restraints or require any personal sacrifices? Is there an
inevitable conflict between a human desire for happiness and a human desire
for freedom? Must individuality be diminished for communal good? Are the
problems of actual societies a product of social structures or are they due
to human nature?
In considering these questions raised by utopian theories, we will read both
philosophical and literary sources, including Plato (The Republic),
Aristotle (Politics), More, Freud (Civilization and Its Discontents).
Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and analytical
debates, to write some short papers, and to complete a take-home final