Utopia/Dystopia Unit

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The Utopia and Dystopia Unit

John Lennon's 

After watching Lennon's "Imagine", consider the following questions:
  • Is John Lennon’s utopia realistic?  Or do you consider him to be, as he suggests, merely a dreamer
  • What is your utopia? Your ideal place?  Is it similar? Is it possible to even achieve an ideal society? 
  • How much do we need to sacrifice what we want, perhaps even value, for the benefit of the rest?

Vince Lombardi once said: "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." Consider what Lombardi implies.  Do you agree with him?  Is this statement ironic?

What's the right thing to do? Click on the justice link below to enter into four moral thought experiments.  Watch the first video.  Click here for supplemental notes. 

A Note on the Following Three Links Below - Use Pojman's Philosophical Traditions and/or Sandel's lectures and text to help supplement your understanding. Enjoy!

Bentham's An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation 

Mill's Utilitarianism 

Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

Craving more "Trolleyology"? Take MIT's test, and help them build more moral machines...

Justice with Michael Sandel - This is FREE, you do not have to pay.

Click on the Philosophical Traditions image below for Chapter 30: Utilitarianism and Chapter 31: Kantian Deontological Ethics - Enjoy!

Utopia (Thomas More)

Utopia Introductory Lecture Notes 

Utopia Government and Cultural Report

Utopian Considerations


"The Dream" PDF

Group/Socratic Questions

"The Experience Machine" Robert Nozick

Sam Harris and David Benatar discuss the Experience Machine @ approximately the 1hr. 39min mark

Watch Black Mirror's Season 3, Episode 4 "San Junipero" - by clicking on the image below.
(Note, episode is rated TV-MA. Adult supervision required.)


The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Harrison Bergeron

Brave New World  

Click on image below for entire online text.

Click on image below for BNW supplemental notes (themes, characterization, critical reception, etc.)

The Possibility of Hope

Possibility of Hope (II)