I am working on a large project on the human good. This work stems partly from my experience as an economist working mainly on policy in African countries. It also reflects a lifelong involvement with poetry.

My account of the human good draws on a survey of accounts of the human good in Greek and modern western philosophy and literature (including Anglo-Saxon and continental approaches) as well as Buddhist and Jewish traditions. It aims to illuminate the question whether economic and social development is making life better, within a framework precommitted neither to progressivism nor to critique. The thinker who has been most help in this…

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