Published in Dutch in 'Rekenschap' (Humanistic journal for science and culture), 1999, vol 46, pp. 83-95
Conceptions of the good society tend to stress moral ideals such as piety, freedom and equality. Livability is mostly a minor concern. In humanism, man is said to be paramount, hence humanists should be concerned about liveability of society. Yet liveability is not a big theme in humanistic thought.
Therefore, this paper explores that issue. Firstly it considers what liveability is, how it can be measured. Secondly it assesses how well people thrive in societies that fit best with the humanistic ideal of self-direction, that is in modern individualistic nation.
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