The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

The Declaration of Independence claims that individuals need liberty to pursue happiness, but provides little guidance on the “what” of happiness. Happiness studies and liberal theory are incomplete guides. Happiness studies offer insights into what makes people happy but happiness policy risks becoming doctrinaire. Liberal theory is better on personal liberty, but weak on the “what” of happiness. My argument is that American novelists are surer guides on… (more)

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Publisher: Lexington Books (February 28, 2018)

Collection: Politics, Literature, & Film

Page count: 234 pages

Language: English

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