Happiness and Suffering in Utopia Achieved

‘Science does change the world. If part of our humanness is our susceptibility to certain sorts of pain, then the task of curing pain may involve putting an end to humanness.’ (1) That is the weighty conclusion that Martha Nussbaum attaches to her own technical utopia, derived from her discussion of Plato’s Protagoras. Nussbaum starts…

Out of Utopia?

Hans Achterhuis on Welfare and Happiness The words ‘welfare and happiness’ set the tone for the book with which the Dutch philosopher, Hans Achterhuis, would achieve public recognition in 1980. But those words did not stand alone. The title of the book, which gave rise to intense debate about the way in which the state…