Utopia: Thomas More

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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. Humor on Parody

3.1. Utopia means nowhere

3.2. The local political system is called a Sty

4. Property of Society

4.1. The island contains 54 towns, each with about 6000 households

4.2. There is no private ownership on Utopia, with goods being stored in warehouses and people requesting what they need.

4.3. Every household has between 10 and 16 adults and people are re-distributed around the households and towns to keep numbers even.

5. Working Life

5.1. Agriculture is the most important job on the island

5.2. Every person is taught it and must live in the countryside, farming, for two years at a time, with women doing the same work as men.

6. Slavery

6.1. Slavery is a feature of Utopian life and it is reported that every household has two slaves.

6.2. The slaves are either from other countries or are the Utopian criminals

6.3. Slaves are periodically released for good behaviour.

7. Government

7.1. Completely different from Great Britain's government, was accusing Britain of having a false government system

7.2. There are no lawyers in The Utopia

7.3. Lose ideas of election

8. Social Critique of Great Britian

8.1. If this is what he considers a Utopia, then he is stating that great Britain is completely wrong

8.2. His idea of government is completely different from

9. Hapiness in Utopia

9.1. Freedom of religion, ability to divorce, shows ability to choose

9.2. ability to worship whichever religion you want, there is no judgment.

9.3. work is balanced out between everyone, one person will not be doing more work than the other

9.4. no stress over whether you will find food or not