Author

Jeremy Burton

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Bruce Closser

Abstract

My research focuses on the effects on children raised according to the guidelines for training the Guardians of the ideal society described in Plato's Republic. I explore this concept creatively in a fictional modern Utopian community like that of B. F. Skinner's Walden Two and support this with firsthand accounts of the attempts to make Skinner's work a reality. Combined with a perspective on education in Plato along with the Hitler Youth program, this framework allows me to analyze how we use ideals and philosophy to justify our actions, and ultimately how human nature confounds our attempts to build paradise.

Subject Area

Utopias in literature, Ataraxia.

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