B. Human Flourishing – How to Define and Operationalize?

If the telos of free markets is human flourishing: How can human flourishing be defined and operationalized and how does this relate to the virtues in a market context?

What ‘human flourishing’ is, has been a matter of millennia of reflection and experience. Throughout these ages, world religions have developed various – sometimes convergent, sometimes divergent – accounts of human flourishing.

Our account of human flourishing will be informed by these older insights and they will be triangulated with recent insights: what can older and newer interpretations of flourishing learn from each other?

Sub-projects

Two projects are designed to deal with these issues, with the following leading questions:

B1. How do various religions and worldviews define human flourishing in relation to the market and what are their views on virtues, vices, human weakness and responsibility in this regard?

B2. How is human flourishing conceptualized and measured in the various disciplines and how do various elements of human flourishing relate to each other and GDP per capita in particular?

Methodologies

Methodologies used in this cluster will be:

  • comparative religious concept-analysis (B1)
  • critical conceptual literature review (B2)
  • statistical (factor)analysis (B2)

Researchers in this project

Aloys Wijngaards (PhD)

Aloys Wijngaards (PhD)

Bjorn Lous (MSc)

Bjorn Lous (MSc)

Harmen Verbruggen (prof. dr.)

Harmen Verbruggen (prof. dr.)

Johan Graafland (prof. dr.)

Johan Graafland (prof. dr.)

Jordan Ballor (PhD)

Jordan Ballor (PhD)

Kees van der Kooi (Prof. dr.)

Kees van der Kooi (Prof. dr.)

Paul van Geest (prof. dr.)

Paul van Geest (prof. dr.)

Thomas Wells (PhD)

Thomas Wells (PhD)

Publications from this sub-project

2017

 Economic Freedom, Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction in OECD Countries

Graafland, Johan J; Lous, Bjorn

Economic Freedom, Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction in OECD Countries Journal Article

Journal of Happiness Studies, online first , pp. 1-23, 2017.

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