Utopia - Thomas More

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Utopia - Thomas More by Mind Map: Utopia - Thomas More

1. Overview

1.1. Thomas More's Utopia is a Christian-humanist view of an ideal society

1.2. More does not simply offer a theoretical view, but provides specifics for how to create this world.

1.3. Utopia offers a Christianized form of Plato's Republic

2. Christian Synthesis

2.1. The Christian aspect of the synthesis is Christ's gospel of caring for the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden.

2.2. The Platonic, Republican tradition is the Greek aspect of the synthesis

2.3. More wrote Utopia with a comedic tone, allowing him to speak his truth while telling a deeper story

3. Use of Humor

3.1. "Utopia" means "Nowhere" - The title is a joke

4. Property Division

4.1. Every 30 houses grouped into precincts

4.2. Each precinct referred to as a sty

4.2.1. Pigs live in styes British society is a bunch of pigs

4.3. No private property

4.4. All goods stored in public warehouse

4.5. Calls British society a bunch of pigs

5. Slavery

5.1. Each house has two slaves

5.2. Slaves are made up of foreigners or Utopian criminals

5.3. Fettered in gold chains

6. Government

6.1. Welfare state

6.2. Free hospitals

6.3. Priests may marry

6.4. Euthanasia is legal

6.5. Premarital sex is punished with enforced celibacy

6.6. Adultery punished with slavery

6.7. Law is made simple for all to understand

7. Working Life

7.1. All able-bodied citizens must work

7.2. Unemployment is nonexistent

7.3. Working day minimized to six hours

7.4. People are picked from primary school for their skill set