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Peace, war, and happiness: Bruder Klaus as wellbeing facilitator


Frey, Bruno S (2011). Peace, war, and happiness: Bruder Klaus as wellbeing facilitator. International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(2):226-234.

Abstract

Little is known in the scholarly literature about the effect of war and peace on happiness; but they have a large number of direct and indirect effects on happiness, difficult or impossible to capture due mainly to issues of causality and attribution. The paper concentrates on three fundamental claims regarding the effect of war and peace on happiness: ‘War brings happiness’; ‘People adjust to wars’; and ‘The happiness of the dead is irrelevant’. An attempt is made to discuss different solutions to deal with these claims but it is made clear that each one has grave disadvantages. Bruder Klaus, whose full name was Niklaus von Flüeh, is the patron saint of Switzerland. This paper describes Bruder Klaus as a creator of peace and, based on the claims mentioned above, as a felicitator or wellbeing facilitator.

Abstract

Little is known in the scholarly literature about the effect of war and peace on happiness; but they have a large number of direct and indirect effects on happiness, difficult or impossible to capture due mainly to issues of causality and attribution. The paper concentrates on three fundamental claims regarding the effect of war and peace on happiness: ‘War brings happiness’; ‘People adjust to wars’; and ‘The happiness of the dead is irrelevant’. An attempt is made to discuss different solutions to deal with these claims but it is made clear that each one has grave disadvantages. Bruder Klaus, whose full name was Niklaus von Flüeh, is the patron saint of Switzerland. This paper describes Bruder Klaus as a creator of peace and, based on the claims mentioned above, as a felicitator or wellbeing facilitator.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:2011
Deposited On:18 Jan 2012 14:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:25
Publisher:International Journal of Wellbeing
ISSN:1179-8602
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5502/ijw.v1i2.5
Official URL:http://www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/index.php/ijow/article/view/33/129

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