Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

English

Additional Departmental Affiliation

Philosophy and Religion

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The selected works of Plato, Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell revealed intriguing political theories on property (liberty) from a utopian and dystopian point of view. The theorists formed new social orders by abolishing various kinds of property. For the most part, their arguments for destroying property were defended by presenting a cure for an existing problem and then sustained through education, psychological conditioning, social and genetic engineering and so on. Common themes and differences were found between the utopian and dystopian theories and among the individual societies as well.

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Ancient Philosophy | Classical Literature and Philology | Comparative Literature