Philosophy Word of the Day – Eudaemonism

An approach to ethics (as proposed, for example, by Aristotle or the Stoics) that aims at the achievement of a good life. Classical eudaemonism is concerned with satisfying the objective conditions of happiness {Greek eudaimonia}, rather than with pursuing the subjective experience of pleasure. Kant condemned this approach to human conduct as heteronomous.

Recommended Reading: Aristotle, Kant, and the Stoics: Rethinking Happiness and Duty, ed. by Stephen Engstrom and Jennifer Whiting (Cambridge, 1998) {at Amazon.com}; J. L. Ackrill, Aristotle on Eudaimonia (Oxford, 1972) {at Amazon.com}; and Don Asselin, Human Nature and Eudaimonia in Aristotle (Peter Lang, 1989) {at Amazon.com}.

(Via A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names)

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