Wil Wilkinson notes that happiness cannot be taken as the sole master value and pleas for a “reasonable pluralism" in which happiness competes with other values in the public http://www.cato-unbound.org/archives/april-2007/debate. I agree that happiness is not the only valuable thing, but I also think that happiness has additional merits that go beyond its intrinsic worth. One extra point in favor of happiness is that it matches other humanistic values quite well. A second bonus is that happiness is an indicator of the fit between living conditions and human nature and, as such, informs us about the practicability of various value mixes.

happiness, humanistic values, pluralism, sociology, value mix, values
Sociology of Economics (jel A14)
Department of Sociology

Veenhoven, R. (2007). The place of happiness in pluralism. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/12754