Freedom and Flourishing

Blog URL:http://wintonbates.blogspot.com/
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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After setting out a few days ago to write about the origins of the concept of progress, I was re-reading portion of The Enlightened Economy, by Joel Mokyr, when my attention was diverted to the relationship between goodness and happiness. In discussi...

A series of recent articles on this blog has shown that some societies offer better opportunities than others for individuals to have the basic goods of a flourishing human. My aim in this post is to draw threads together to provide an overview of th...

"How dare you?"

on Jan 6, 2020

I have stopped laughing about Greta Thunberg’s performanceat the United Nations a few months ago. At the time, I was amused by her quixotic antics in attacking world leaders. People who think they can change the world by staging tantrums do not des...

Living in harmony with nature is one of five basic goods of a flourishing human. That is the opinion expressed in an earlier article on this blog. However, some further explanation may be required to persuade some readers that living in harmony with...

This might seem like an odd question, so I will begin by explaining why I think it is worth considering. Psychological well-being was identified in a recent post on this blog as one of five basic goods that a flourishing human would be expected to ha...

Positive relationships with family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and trading partners was identified in a recent article on this blog as one of the five basic goods that a flourishing human would be expected to have. Positive relationships make...

A capacity for wise and well-informed self-direction was identified in a recent post on this blog as one of five basic goods that a flourishing human could be expected to have. A flourishing human could be expected to have developed that capability b...