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Utopia and Utopian Ideals

The Morality of Utopianism

Ethics, morality, and religion play a vital role in not only the development of actual utopian communities, but in many of the most famous works of utopian literature. For example, in Republic (390 B.C.), Plato seems especially concerned with living a perfect life and in finding an absolute state of justice. Plato's exploration of a utopian society can be summed up as an examination of the "good life," in which morality is fundamentally intertwined with the creation of an ideal state. Most utopian literature follows in the footsteps of Plato's example and presents morality and ethics as a primary concern of their ideal societies. Even those works where the utopian society described is not necessarily religious, the framework for the society as presented is usually reminiscent of religious morality. However, if this structure is rigid and exclusive, it...

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