What's wrong with happiness?
Rustin, M. 2007. What's wrong with happiness? Soundings.
In this article Michael Rustin argues that greater well-being is unlikely to be promoted in a system whose main goal is increased economic efficiency. He reviews debates concerning the existence of separate measures of public happiness and income levels. He then discusses whether increased ‘happiness’, with its philosophical origins in utilitarianism, is the best way of framing the idea of the good for individuals and societies. Finally, he focusses on the way in which Richard Layard has framed these questions, particularly on the way in which he addresses the problems of mental health by means of his proposal for a large-scale programme of cognitive behaviour therapy.
|Keywords||cognitive behaviour therapy; happiness; economic efficiency; political theory; socialism; income levels; Richard Layard; mental health|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/lwish/sou/2007/00000036/00000001/art00006|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||08 Oct 2009|
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