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New Meetup: Live Long & Prosper: Utopian philosophy from Plato to Star Trek

From: Steve
Sent on: Thursday, August 19, 2010 11:11 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Live Long & Prosper: Utopian philosophy from Plato to Star Trek

When: Sunday, September 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Live Long & Prosper: Utopian philosophy from Plato to Star Trek

Utopia is a name for an ideal community or society possessing a seemingly perfect socio-politico-legal system. The word was invented by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempted to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia. The word comes from the Greek, "not", and, "place", indicating that More was utilizing the concept as allegory and did not consider such an ideal place to be realistically possible.

Utopia is largely based on Plato's Republic. It is a perfect version of Republic wherein the beauties of society reign (e.g.: equality and a general pacifist attitude), although its citizens are all ready to fight if need be. The evils of society, e.g.: poverty and misery, are all removed. It has few laws, no lawyers and rarely sends its citizens to war, but hires mercenaries from among its war-prone neighbors (these mercenaries were deliberately sent into dangerous situations in the hope that the more warlike populations of all surrounding countries will be weeded out, leaving peaceful peoples). The society encourages tolerance of all religions. Some readers, including utopian socialists, have chosen to accept this imaginary society as the realistic blueprint for a working nation, while others have postulated nothing of the sort.

Is such a utopian society possible? Desirable?
What are some of the barriers preventing its development?
How might such a society evolve from our current state of world affairs?
Would such a utopian society need to have territorial boundaries; citizenship requirements; immigration restrictions; population limits; self-contained, sustainable resources; correctional facilities; banishment provisions; etc.?
What role would technology play in enhancing or inhibiting the development of utopia?

Join Plato?s Cave philosophers as we consider the psycho-social-cultural-anthropological complexities involved in the potential evolution of a utopian society in the midst of non-utopian, aggressive neighbors.

Be sure to check the Plato?s Cave discussion and files sections where you can read, post and download documents that are relevant to this topic.

-Steve, Organizer

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