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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The pathway above Orion beach, Vincentia, NSW, AustraliaOver the last few months I have had personal reasons to ponder this question. My wife and I decided that the time had come for us to move closer to family and downsize. I can’t claim that I re...

There is evidence that a discrepancy between the amount of self-transcending emotion (e.g. love, trust) that people want to feel and what they actually feel has an adverse impact on their happiness.  Researchers have observed that this adverse i...

Aristotle held that being happy is the same as living well and doing well – it involves fulfillment of potentials inherent in each individual human. From this perspective, happiness is activity in conformity with virtue. It is acquired through prac...

What is wrong with looking after your mates? If you ask any Australian chosen at random the chances are that they will tell you that it is good to help friends and acquaintances. Yet, the same person would be likely to express disapproval of people w...

It seems obvious that there is a narcissism epidemic in many countries: people taking selfies everywhere we look; adolescents saying that their goal in life is to become famous; celebrities behaving like gods; people exploding in rage in response to...

Paul Kelly’s article ‘Blessed be the egoistic individuals’, a gated article published in The Weekend Australian (July 8-9, 2017) asserts that the decline in professed Christianity in Australia from 88 per cent of the population in 1966 to 52 pe...

I didn’t have any intention of thinking about economics a few weeks ago when I was on a cruise ship, the Sun Princess, visiting Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. It just happened.  If you spend a lot of your life thinking about anythin...