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  • n. Alternative spelling of eudemonia.

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  • n. a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous


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  • And going back just a little earlier, Aristotle, the co-founder of Western philosophy along with Plato, gave lectures on ethics which described the goal of human life as what he called eudaimonia, that is to say, happiness or human fulfilment.

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  • We have to know from ourself, there are certain state of mind that are conducive to this flourishing, to this well-being, what the Greeks called eudaimonia, flourishing.

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  • Aristotle talked about "eudaimonia" ? happiness as human flourishing and purpose to life ? rather than the modern hedonistic concept.

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  • However, what I really have in mind is something Ancient, and is really captured by terms like 'virtue' and 'wisdom' and (perhaps most of all) "eudaimonia"; and the thinkers I am leaning on are first, Alasdair MacIntyre, and second, Martha Nussbaum (and behind them both lies Aristotle).

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  • This alone leads to that "eudaimonia" or happiness for which man strives.

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  • Nussbaum writes this about "eudaimonia" in 'The Fragility of Goodness': "Some texts we shall discuss are rendered obscure on this point by the common translation of Greek 'eudaimonia' by English 'happiness'.

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  • In the book, I talk about how important this - it's a term known as "eudaimonia," which is a state of fulfilling your authentic happiness.

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  • The main idea in Aristotle's ethics is that the proper end of mankind is the pursuit of eudaimonia which is Greek for a very particular kind of 'happiness'.

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  • Some experts say Aristotle meant "well-being" when he wrote that humans can attain eudaimonia by fulfilling their potential.

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  • Wasn't the Oracle of Delphi a woman?

    July 2, 2009

  • or does it relate to Greek tragedy? A good, noble man falls from a high state to a low state due to a tragic flaw. He gains self-knowledge and the audience is left with a feeling of tragic waste. We develop pity for him.

    August 16, 2008

  • Never particularly run across anagnorisis before. Looks like Aristotle might have dealt with it in his Poetics. Pretty sure it doesn't mean self-knowledge. I'd have to check my lexicon or Perseus.

    August 16, 2008

  • How does this relate to anagnorisis ? The Temple of the Oracle at Delphi had two things written on it: Know Thyself and In All Matters Use Moderation, right?

    I personally wish I could have met the Oracle of Delphi. I would have taken him to the mall, bought him a new cape and cap, and taken him out to lunch at Applebee's, all the while picking his brain for wise thoughts and juicy tidbits of wisdow. I would have asked, for example, what he saw in Britney Spears's future. Oh, and because he was blind, I would have gone by the optometrist's office at the mall and purchased a long overdue eye exam, and perhaps obtained a referral for ophthalmic surgery at a nice place like Duke University nearby so he would not have a long trip.

    August 16, 2008

  • Extremely important in Aristotle's philosophy; this is the state in which lives all men who can live lives of complete moderation (sophrosune) and fulfill their reason of existence (entelechia, translated by Joe Sachs as being-at-work-staying-itself).

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  • Thanks to stpeter for introducing me to this word: a state that I am very unlikely ever to achieve!

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