Happiness and Political Theory

Social Research 77 (2):421-440 (2010)

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Excerpt: …I here tackle three topics: first, the lowly place of happiness among the goals of political action in the great tradition of political thought; second, the novelty of the idea of happiness is the proper aim or public policy; and last, the importance of the distinction between what was aptly described by T.H. Green as "hindering hindrances to the good life" and the promotion of happiness by political action. As that might suggest, I shall say some unkind things about the paternalism implicit in some recent emphasis on happiness as an object of state action.
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