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Utopia Would Be a Mix of Philosophical Theories The two theories that will be compared and contrasted in this essay are Platos Idealism and Mill Benthams Utilitarianism I chose these two theories because to me they are the ones that seem to be the most realistic and interesting The way to get from the level of the is to the level of the ought of the Philosophers in these theories are the two bests In this essay it will be shown that the two theories are not so different in their relation between the level of the is and the level of the ought it will be shown that Idealism would be a better theory for a society with highly intellectual people and that a combination of these theory would be the best way for our society to evolve from the level of the is to the level of the ought Platos way to go from the is to the ought is socratic questioning He says that we should question ourselves on whether the moral views we have are ideal or not He also says that the way of looking at things we have is wrong because all men are not the same and so they do not have the same opinion of things Part of his theory says that to get to true virtue ideal moral views we have to trim down all the false moral views we have and get to the basic timeless and unchanging patterns of the Good With those ideal moral views we would be able to mirror the Good Examples of false ideal moral views for Plato are seeking for selfish pleasures such as food sex and power For Utilitarians the way to get from the level of the is to the level of the ought is to reward or sanction a person for his or her actions In Utilitarism people should choose actions that are the most
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