Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness

An Economic and Political Perspective

Author: Sebastiano Bavetta,Pietro Navarra,Dario Maimone

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139992597

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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This book is about the relationship between different concepts of freedom and happiness. The book's authors distinguish three concepts for which an empirical measure exists: opportunity to choose (negative freedom), capability to choose (positive freedom), and autonomy to choose (autonomy freedom). They also provide a comprehensive account of the relationship between freedom and well-being by comparing channels through which freedoms affect quality of life. The book also explores whether the different conceptions of freedom complement or replace each other in the determination of the level of well-being. In so doing, the authors make freedoms a tool for policy making and are able to say which conception is the most effective for well-being, as circumstances change. The results have implications for a justification of a free society: maximizing freedoms is good for its favorable consequences upon individual well-being, a fundamental value for the judgment of human advantage.
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Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Public Intellectuals for the Twenty-First Century

Author: A. Isasi-Diaz,M. Fulkerson,R. Carbine

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137372214

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 2478

Rather than wield religion as a weapon or a ruse in irrational appeals, the book attempts to reimagine a shared American mythos and ethos, by reminding us of our shared stake in creating an America committed to the life of all peoples and species and to the full developments of our capabilities as an exercise of liberty.
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The Pursuit of Happiness

An Economy of Well-Being

Author: Carol Graham

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815724047

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 164

View: 8902

In The Pursuit of Happiness, the latest addition to the Brookings FOCUS series, Carol Graham explores what we know about the determinants of happiness, acrossand within countries at different stages of development. She then takes a look at just what we can do with that new knowledge and clearly presents both the promise and thepotential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking. This burgeoning field, largely a product of collaboration between economists and psychologists, is gaining great currency worldwide. One of a handful of pioneers to studythis topic a mere decade ago, Graham is understandably excited about how far the concept has come and its possible utility in the future. The British, French, and Braziliangovernments already have introduced happiness metrics into their benchmarks of national progress, and the U.S. government could follow suit. But "happiness" as a yardstick to help measure a nation's well-being is still a relatively new approach, and many questions remain unanswered. The Pursuit of Happiness spotlights the innovative contributions of happiness research to the dismal science. But it also raises a cautionary note about the issues that stillneed to be addressed before policymakers can make best use of them. An effective definition of well-being that goes beyond measuring income —the Gross National Productapproach —could very well lead to improved understanding of poverty and economic welfare. But the question remains: how best to measure and quantify happiness? While scholars have developed rigorous measures of well-being that can be included in our statistics —as the British are already doing —to what degree should we use such metrics to shape and evaluate policy, particularly in assessing development outcomes? Graham considers a number of unanswered questions, such as whether policy should be more concerned with increasing day-to-day contentment or with providing greater opportunity to build a fulfilling life. Other issues include whether we care more about the happiness of today's citizens or that of future generations. Policies such as reducing our fiscal deficits or reforming our health care system, for example, typically require sacrificing current consumption and immediate well-being for better long-run outcomes. Another is whether policy should focus on reducing misery or raising general levels ofwell-being beyond their relatively high levels, in the same way that reducing poverty is only one choice among many objectives in our macroeconomic policy. Employing the new metrics without attention to these questions could produce mistakes that might undermine the long-term prospects for a truly meaningful economics of well-being. Despite this cautionary note, Graham points out that it is surely a positive development that some of our public attention is going to better understanding and enhancing the well-being of our citizens, rather than emphasizing the rootsof their divide.
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Constitutional Values and European Contract Law

Author: Stefan Grundmann

Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.

ISBN: 9041127658

Category: Law

Page: 265

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Two major developments in European Private and European Business Law come together when we speak about "Constitutional Values and European Contract Law". European Contract Law has become extreme?ly dynamic over the last 10 years, both in substance and perspec?tive: all core areas are considered now in legal science and in EC legislation, and there are even the prospects of some kind of codification. On the other hand, constitutional values and their impact on private law have been an issue of high concern in major Member States over decades, namely Italy and Germany, but as well the Netherlands - hence the strong presence of scholars and practising lawyers from these countries in this book. Constitutional values have, however, found their way to the EC level and the national discussions have inspired a European one, with three core values discussed: Fundamental Freedoms, fundamental rights and constitutional system building principles- such as the social welfare state or the rule of law. Their impact on private law can be sensed nowadays quite considerably also on the European level. These fundamental values are often seen as the ingredient, which renders European Private Law, namely European Contract Law, more responsive to social values or more "humane". For all these reasons, the book combines comparative law, EC Law and interdisciplinary approaches to the question "Constitutional Values and European Contract Law". Outstanding scholars from six Member States and beyond - quite a few also practising lawyers - discuss the issue and do so for the first time on such a broad and all encompassing basis.
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Second Edition Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment

Author: Alain Klarsfeld,Lize A.E. Booysen,Eddy Ng,Ian Roper,Ahu Tatli

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857939319

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 320

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The second edition of this important reference work provides important updates and new perspectives on the cases constituting the first edition as well as including contributions from a number of new countries: Australia, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, N
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The Bioregional Economy

Land, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Molly Scott Cato

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136181733

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.
Posted in Business & Economics

Critical Theory of Legal Revolutions

Evolutionary Perspectives

Author: Hauke Brunkhorst

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441137009

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 2131

This unique work analyzes the crisis in modern society, building on the ideas of the Frankfurt School thinkers. Emphasizing social evolution and learning processes, it argues that crisis is mediated by social class conflicts and collective learning, the results of which are embodied in constitutional and public law. First, the work outlines a new categorical framework of critical theory in which it is conceived as a theory of crisis. It shows that the Marxist focus on economy and on class struggle is too narrow to deal with the range of social conflicts within modern society, and posits that a crisis of legitimization is at the core of all crises. It then discusses the dialectic of revolutionary and evolutionary developmental processes of modern society and its legal system. This volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society by a leading scholar in the field provides a new approach to critical theory that will appeal to anyone studying political sociology, political theory, and law.
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A Nation for All

How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division

Author: Senator Chris Korzen,Senator Alexia Kelley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470370211

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 6048

On the eve of the most important presidential election in decades, A NATION FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the tens of millions of U.S. Catholics who have refused to buy the notion that people of faith must subscribe to the narrow agenda of the far right. By shining the light of authentic Catholic teaching on pressing contemporary concerns like war, human dignity, poverty, and the looming global climate crisis, this book shows Catholics how their own faith tradition calls them to tackle a sweeping array of issues commonly left out of the faith and politics dialog. Most important, A NATION FOR ALL demonstrates how the core Catholic and Christian belief in promoting the common good can provide Americans of all faith traditions with a much-needed solution to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and excessive individualism.
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Gefangene unserer Gedanken

Viktor Frankls 7 Prinzipien, die Leben und Arbeit Sinn geben

Author: Alex Pattakos

Publisher: Linde Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 370940150X

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 7824

Motivation durch Sinn Jeder dritte Arbeitnehmer hat innerlich bereits gekündigt: Konflikte, Frust und mangelnde Motivation sind die Folge. Die Ursachen sind nicht nur im falschen Führungsverhalten des Top-Managements zu suchen, sondern auch bei jedem Einzelnen: Das Fehlen von Sinn führt zu Leistungseinbußen, psychosomatischen Beschwerden und allgemeiner Unzufriedenheit. Viktor Frankl, der Begründer der Dritten Wiener Richtung der Psychotherapie bzw. Logotherapie stellte die Suche nach dem Sinn in den Mittelpunkt seines Lebenswerkes. Alex Pattakos überträgt Frankls Gedankengut auf die Arbeitswelt und lädt den Leser ein, ihm auf der Suche nach dem Sinn zu folgen. Er zeigt, wie es gelingt, nicht mehr Gefangener negativer Gedanken zu sein, sondern eingefahrene Muster zu überdenken, eigene Widerstände gegen Veränderungen zu überwinden und damit die Tür zu einem tieferen Sinn aufzustoßen. Die zweite überarbeitet Auflage enthält einige neue Fallbeispiele. Außerdem wurde ein weiteres Kapitel hinzugefügt: „The Meaning Difference“, das Forschungsergebnisse darüber beinhaltet, wie sehr das Vorhandensein von Sinn das Leben von Menschen verbessern kann.
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Das kapitalistische Manifest

warum allein die globalisierte Marktwirtschaft den Wohlstand der Menschheit sichert

Author: Johan Norberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 302

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Family Problems

Stress, Risk, and Resilience

Author: Joyce A. Arditti

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118352696

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 1911

Family Problems: Stress, Risk, and Resilience presents aninterdisciplinary collection of original essays that push theboundaries of family science to reflect the increasingly diversecomplexity of family concerns in the modern world. Represents the most up-to-date family problem research whileaddressing such contemporary issues as parental incarceration, samesex marriage, health care disparities, and welfare reform Features brief chapter introductions that provide context anddirection to guide the student to the heart of what’simportant in the piece that follows Includes critical thinking questions to enhance the utility ofthe book for classroom use Responds to family problem issues through the lens of a socialjustice perspective
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Ein Rückblick aus dem Jahre 2000 auf 1887

Übersetzt von Clara Zetkin

Author: Edward Bellamy

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3843045259

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 232

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Edward Bellamy: Ein Rückblick aus dem Jahre 2000 auf 1887. Übersetzt von Clara Zetkin Erstausgabe 1888: Looking Backward 2000 - 1887. Hier in einer Übersetzung von Clara Zetkin. Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2015. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Dietz Verlag, Berlin, 1949 Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Edward Bellamy, Fotographie von 1889. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.
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Perpetuation of the United States of America

360-Degree Synchronization, Zero Defects

Author: John H. Davis

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503521907

Category: History

Page: 172

View: 8969

The book addresses the concerted actions that the U.S. government and responsible citizens must take to resolve the current major recurring social, economic, political, and environmental problems and issues to save the nation from self-induced destruction. These problems and issues also make the nation vulnerable to hostile external threats, such as international terrorism and attacks against U.S. interests by adversarial nations. Former President Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” The current social, economic, and political situation and the negative attitudes manifested by many Americans could cause us to falter and suffer self-induced destruction. The publication highlights how the execution of the democratic process in accordance with the provisions of the U.S. Constitution; restoration the tradition family unit and national core values; embracing inherent duties and responsibilities; eradication of social, economic, and political injustices; and learning to live in harmony with mankind and nature can help eradicate major problems plaguing the United States today and ensure that this government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
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Valuing Health

Well-Being, Freedom, and Suffering

Author: Daniel M. Hausman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190233214

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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In Valuing Health Daniel M. Hausman provides a philosophically sophisticated overview of generic health measurement that suggests improvements in standard methods and proposes a radical alternative. He shows how to avoid relying on surveys and instead evaluate health states directly. Hausman goes on to tackle the deep problems of evaluation, offering an account of fundamental evaluation that does not presuppose the assignment of values to the properties and consequences of alternatives. After discussing the purposes of generic health measurement, Hausman defends a naturalistic concept of health and its relations to measures such as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). In examining current health-measurement systems, Valuing Health clarifies their value commitments and the objections to relying on preference surveys to assign values to health states. Relying on an interpretation of liberal political philosophy, Hausman argues that the public value of health states should be understood in terms of the activity limits and suffering that health states impose. Hausman also addresses the moral conundrums that arise when policy-makers attempt to employ the values of health states to estimate the health benefits of alternative policies and to adopt the most cost-effective. He concludes with a general discussion of the difficulties of combining consequentialist and non-consequentialist moral considerations in policy-making.
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Early Modern Conceptions of Property

Author: John Brewer,Susan Staves

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136190856

Category: History

Page: 632

View: 8736

Early Modern Conceptions of Property draws together distinguished academics from a variety of disciplines, including law, economics, politics, art history, social history and literature, in order to consider fundamental issues of property in the early modern period. Presenting diverse original historical and literary case studies in a sophisticated theoretical framework, it offers a challenge to conventional interpretations.
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Philosophy For Dummies

Author: Martin Cohen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470664622

Category: Philosophy

Page: 424

View: 6889

Confused by metaphysics? In a muddle with aesthetics? Intimidated by Kant? Then look no further! Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition is a complete crash-course in philosophical thought, covering key philosophers, philosophical history and theory and the big questions that affect us today. Tying in with standard UK curricula and including core topics such as logic, ethics and political philosophy, this impartial, expert guide cuts through the jargon to give you the facts. Whether you're a philosophy student or a complete beginner, Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition will get you thinking and talking about philosophy in no time, and with maximum confidence.
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Partisan Or Neutral?

The Futility of Public Political Theory

Author: Michael J. White

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847684540

Category: Philosophy

Page: 193

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Partisan or Neutral? critically examines the Rawlsian ideal of a public, supposedly neutral, political theory meant to justify contemporary constitutional democracies. Placing this ideal-appealed to by neo-natural law theorists and advocates of 'public theology' as well as by political theorists-against the background of the history of political liberalism, White shows its contradictory nature. He argues that any such legitimating theory will be 'partisan, ' in the sense of appealing to convictions concerning the human good that will not be universally accepted. He concludes that all politics must be imperfect-a matter of pragmatism and prudence in forming the most workable compromises possible and in acquiescing, where our principles allow us to do so, in situations that are often far from optimal
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While I Have Being

Winterreise (Winter Journey)

Author: Kenneth L. Vaux

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620323370

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 7791

This diary is a fine-grained, often daily, theological reflection on the author's final ponderings on his ordeal with a serious illness, a concluding sabbatical, a last year of teaching, a culminating lecture, presiding at Eucharist, and summarial notes about "what God is doing in the world." Amid all these meanderings it holds the lectionary of the biblical and liturgical calendar in one hand and the newspaper in the other (K. Barth). Events during this time span were transformative and world shaking--and found resonance in my personal drama. One finds art and music, faith and politics. The reader will easily slip one's own story into this narrative. My purpose is precisely this--to offer symbiotic and symbolic story on life and its meaning.
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