Freedom and Flourishing

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Blog Tags:liberty, happiness, well-being, utility, flourishing, self-actualization, economics, institutions, ethics
Country:Australia

This blog explores links between freedom (liberty) and human flourishing



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It is comforting to listen to people espouse views like our own. Perhaps it makes us feel that our views are being validated. Listening to an opposing viewpoint can feel challenging. There are several reasons for that. There may be times when we are...

A few hours after I had finished reading Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life: An antidote to chaos” I thought it might be interesting to see how many of his rules I could remember. I remembered: stand up straight; use your past performance as...

The liberalism that Patrick Deneen writes about in his recent book, Why Liberalism Failed, is the set of principles upon which liberal democracies are built. This set of principles encompasses the classical liberalism favoured by many who would like...

This post begins where the preceding post ended. I suggested there that conditions most favourable to human flourishing would emerge in “self-organizing and self-governing societies” in which each person “is first his or her own governor a...

One way to approach this question is to rule out those kinds of government that are least likely to enable people to live lives that they value.We can begin by ruling out those kinds of government that exercise absolute power in a cruel and oppressiv...

Like the ideological opponents of free markets, the birds of Edinburgh show little respect for the founder of Economics In my view there is a lot to be said for attempting to develop a coherent ideological position – a system of ideas and idea...

There is no prize for guessing the answer given by Susan Prescott and Alan Logan in The Secret Life of your Microbiome: Why nature and biodiversity are essential to health and happiness. This recently published book is written for a popular audience,...