The Good Life and Free Market Economy. A cultural-philosophical analysis for everyone

Original title: Het goede leven & de vrije markt

Authors: Verbrugge, Ad, Buijs, Govert, Van Baardewijk, Jelle

Publication Date:

January 2018

Pages:

350

Original language and publisher

Dutch | Lemniscaat

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. Dutch

Genre

Philosophy

The Good Life and Free Market Economy. A cultural-philosophical analysis for everyone

Original title: Het goede leven & de vrije markt

Authors: Verbrugge, Ad, Buijs, Govert, Van Baardewijk, Jelle

Synopsis

‘Verbrugge, Buijs en Baardewijk explain […] how one can be critical of the dominance of free market thinking, without having to reject it. […] This profound , far-reaching and urgent book deserves a much broader audience than students of philosophy alone.’ – Leonie Breebaart in Trouw

What is ‘the good life’? Is it all about earning money and consuming, or more about living peacefully and harmoniously with each other? Or are we better off finding meaning in nature, or in spirituality?

Today, in our free market economy, we can choose whatever we like. But is this freedom of choice the only kind of freedom that really matters? Does the free market assure us of a good life, or does it actually impede it?

In first instance, this clear and contemporary book is intended as an introduction to philosophy for students. But because of the very relevant theme and the many perspectives, ideas and thinkers that are discussed, the book is highly recommended for everyone. It contains provocative analyses of contemporary major and minor problems, and introduces philosophical issues through discussions of modern films.

Marketing Information

  • 8,000+ copies sold
  • Winner of the Dutch Philosophy Award: The Socrates Cup 2019