a test case of the process of finding the essence in the phenomenal reality and transpose the principal ideas to a new level.This option is also a form of ‘escapism’ but more inner-directed, searching for the quintessence of the already existing.
The second reason for starting an ideal city could be philosophical, i.e.
The idea of an Ideal City is part of the total interactions of human togetherness.
Plato’s ideal city, as sketched in his ‘Republic’, is probably not the best example to introduce the ideal city in relation to its counterpart of bricks and mortar.
The root of all evil is, according to Plato, an unlimited desire, which can only be held in control by justice.
The position of ‘justice’ indicates that Plato’s three-division, born in the spirit of the Third Quadrant, reaches short of its aim.