The New Republic has a cover story by eminent social historian Deirdre McCloskey warning of the dangers of Happyism, or ‘the creepy new economics of pleasure’. The piece shows American culture beginning to engage more deeply with the politics of well-being – there have also been excellent articles recently in The Atlantic and I wrote Read more…

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Two news stories caught my eye this weekend. Firstly, the British government wants to launch a voucher scheme so every parent can take parenting classes from a range of providers. One of them is called the Parenting Gym, and is owned by Octavius Black, the millionaire school-chum of David Cameron’s, who made his fortune through Read more…

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I’ve been reading and enjoying Amartya Sen’s book, The Idea of Justice, and getting into his theory of capabilities and freedoms. He’s an interesting writer, although as a book it doesn’t blow you away as, say, MacIntyre’s After Virtue does. This may be because the book is really a collection of thoughts and ideas Sen Read more…

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