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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Why bother reading a book by Cass Sunstein which suggests that echo chambers in the social media are becoming a problem for democracy and that something should be done about them? That was a question I had to ask myself before deciding to read Sunste...

As I contemplate leadership failures in some major organisations, in Australia and elsewhere, it strikes me that the people responsible for those failures have not been meeting the norms of behaviour expected of responsible adults. For example, it do...

Why ask questions?

on May 11, 2018

Ruins of the forecourt of the temple of Apollo at Delphi where  “Know Thyself” was inscribed. When I started blogging, about a decade ago, I decided that the title of each article would be a question. That seemed like a good way to explore t...

Steven Pinker’s aim in Enlightenment Now, The case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, is “to restate the ideals of the Enlightenment in the language and concepts of the 21stcentury” and to show that those ideals have worked to enhance...

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...