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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This is an appropriate question for economists with an interest in public policy to be considering. It recognizes a possible role for governments and recognizes that an approach focused on human flourishing is likely to be more appropriate than one f...

Two philosophers, John and Robert, were travelling in a lawless country when they were attacked by two bandits. In the initial exchange of gunfire, Robert and one of the bandits were killed. The other bandit had John in his sights, and John thought h...

The story of cultural change that Edmund Phelps tells in Mass Flourishing has a happy beginning and a sad ending. Phelps’ cultural story of the advent of rapid economic growth in Britain and America in the 19th century is much like that of Joel Mok...

This question has contemporary relevance, but it came to mind as I was reading Mass Flourishing, by Edmund Phelps, who won the Nobel in economics in 2006. Mass Flourishing, published in 2013, is subtitled How grass roots innovation created jobs, chal...

Are you one of those people who has not given up hope that following generations will have better opportunities than you have had? If so, you may be interested to know when and how such hopes came to be considered realistic.If progress is defined ver...

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...