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Dimensions and Pillars of Human Flourishing

Briggs, Andrew; Reiss, Michael J.; (2021) Dimensions and Pillars of Human Flourishing. In: Briggs, A and Reiss, MJ, (eds.) Human Flourishing: Scientific insight and spiritual wisdom in uncertain times. (pp. 1-22). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Interest in human flourishing has been growing in recent years in academic, policy, and popular circles. What is it that makes a human life a flourishing life? Both scientific insight—including from such social sciences as psychology and sociology—and spiritual wisdom can help answer this question. The concept of human flourishing provides a valuable framework within which to consider the importance of satisfying people’s yearnings for material goods, successful relationships and the hope that we can achieve and experience things that give us a sense of something greater than ourselves—the transcendent. The transcendent is not discerned only within religion; for many, the arts, nature, wilderness, and a consideration of our place in the Universe are all instances of routes towards an appreciation of something beyond. At the same time, we discuss aspects of transcendence that are opened up by a religious or spiritual outlook on life.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dimensions and Pillars of Human Flourishing
ISBN: 0198850263
ISBN-13: 9780198850267
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198850267.001.0001
Publisher version: http://10.0.4.69/oso/9780198850267.001.0001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: flourishing, scientific insight, spiritual wisdom, materiality, relationships, transcendence, religion, spirituality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136949
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