Utopia is an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.
Study and discussion of important questions of political philosophy and ethics, beginning (but n…more
Study and discussion of important questions of political philosophy and ethics, beginning (but not ending) with the questions asked by Socrates.
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Posts and any linked material should be polite and not degenerate into ad hominem attacks. The purpose here is to seek light, not heat--rational discourse, not shouting matches. Leave your cable news persona at home and put on your philosopher's mantle when entering this group. Rational argumentation is welcome; emotional hectoring is not. All who are genuinely and seriously interested in political philosophy and/or ethics are welcome. Internet "trolls" and other posters failing to comply with these rules will be removed from membership. Posters who persist in raising issues that are outside the scope of the subject matter of this group will also be removed from the group.
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Photo credit: Socrates sculpture at Louvre (CherryX per Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
A group for those who enjoy literature in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Our borders…more
A group for those who enjoy literature in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Our borders are blurred sometimes edging into the realms of Supernatural Horror, Myth & Legend, Alternate History, Cyberpunk, Urban Fantasy, and all those other sub-genres of SF&F that you know fascinate everyone (even those who refuse to admit it).
Dedicated to indie speculative fiction: books from independent publishers and self-published aut…more
Dedicated to indie speculative fiction: books from independent publishers and self-published authors. Goodreads authors are welcome. Formerly known as Frida Fantastic.
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Reading group for exploring concepts arising from the Coursera MOOC "E-learning and Digital Cult…more
Reading group for exploring concepts arising from the Coursera MOOC "E-learning and Digital Cultures"
1. humans, machines and animals
3. communication technologies
5. open (and opening) education
6. human nature
7. the meaning(s) of learning
8. the evolution of information technology
9. the future of learning institutions
(source: Coursera EDCMOOC2 digital artefact criteria)
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