Happiness as Eudaimonia

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583683
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745713 | DOI:
Happiness as Eudaimonia

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This chapter argues that eudaimonia provides an excellent basis for thinking about happiness. It compares ancient and modern concepts of happiness, arguing that the Greek concept of eudaimonia is one we share and can think of as happiness. It then clarifies the sort of naturalism involved in the eudaimonist view of happiness, distinguishes it from perfectionist accounts of happiness, and defends the idea that happiness should be understood in terms of human fulfillment.

Keywords: agent-relativity; Eudaimonia; fulfillment; happiness; Daniel Haybron; human nature; Mark LeBar; naturalism; perfectionism; L. W. Sumner; welfare externalism; welfare internalism

Chapter.  16859 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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