A look at Utopias in fiction
There is a flood of dystopian novels compared to those that feature utopias because a society without problems has a tendency to be boring. However, if you start reading The Republic by Plato, and you may discover that his ideal society has some pretty disturbing aspects. The discourses that comprise The Republic supposedly record the discussions of the sage Socrates, who would eventually be executed for corrupting the youth. We really do not know how much Plato hid his own opinions behind the words that he claimed Socrates spoke.
The Republic proposes equal education for men and women, both physical and mental, so they could perform the same work. Then, he states what seems to follow logically. If men and woman are to have a status of equality, then marriage and the family must be abolished. The rulers will determine which people can mate and produce children. These children…
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