Economic Freedom and Human Flourishing: Perspectives from Political Philosophy
Our subject is whether economic liberty is necessary for individuals to lead truly flourishing lives. This question underlies—or, at least, it should underlie—many of our most important policy debates. But it is harder to answer than it may seem. What do we mean by liberty? What is the flourishing life? And once settled on definitions, how are the two related? To answer these questions, we rely on some of history’s greatest thinkers, interpreted by some of today’s leading scholars of their thought. Their essays are valuable—it turns out that Aristotle and Burke and Mill, and philosophers in their class, have much to offer today’s public debate. And we still have much to learn from Marx’s mistakes as well.