Topic 1: How Would Your Ideal Society Differ From Plato’S?

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Topic 1: How would your ideal society differ from Plato’s? What would Plato think about your proposals? How might you defend these proposals against Plato’s objections? My ideal society is different from the one created by Plato in the Republic in three ways. Firstly, everyone in the city would be able to receive a high-quality education, as opposed to Plato’s idea that only the chosen children who are gifted or show a potential for future ruling can be accepted to the elite education program. Secondly, in the city I created, citizens would not be forced to specialize in things they are good at but not passionate about, different from Plato’s design where everyone should only do what their talent suggests. Thirdly, spirited and appetitive…show more content…
Moreover, the government could use the money saved from every year’s extensive search and assessment to fund the public education. Education for the public could also reduce the chance of citizens committing crimes. Because without education, they might not know clearly what is right and wrong, the law of the city, and rationality. However, after receiving the education as the guardians do, ordinary citizens, though might still be dominated by their appetitive part of the mind, are equipped with more reasoning in their minds, and therefore less likely to break the law. As a result, guardians and rulers could spend more energy on external enemies, and less on internal criminals. My response to Plato’s second disagreement is that although the city might be more efficient if people do what they are best at doing, its citizens would be unhappy and feel enslaved because these choices are not made by themselves. For example, a person who is talented to be a professional runner might actually want to be a warrior, and if we deprive him of this chance, he would be unhappy. This specialization requirement could potentially create a discrepancy between most people’s talent and passion, and in that case, most people in the city would be unhappy. If the majority of the city’s population is unhappy, the value of justice becomes doubtful. Plato would probably respond by saying the

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