eudaemonism


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eu·dae·mon·ism

also eu·dai·mon·ism or eu·de·mon·ism  (yo͞o-dē′mə-nĭz′əm)
n.
A system of ethics that evaluates actions in terms of their capacity to produce happiness.

eu·dae′mo·nist n.
eu·dae′mon·is′tic, eu·dae′mon·is′ti·cal adj.
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eudemonism, eudaemonism

Ethics. a moral system based upon the performance of right actions to achieve happiness. — eudemonist, eudaemonist, n.
See also: Happiness
the ethical doctrine that the basis of morality lies in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness, especially in a life governed by reason rather than pleasure. eudemonist, eudaemonist, n.
See also: Ethics
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For an excellent discussion of how the noninstrumental concern of lovers relates to ancient Greek eudaemonism, see Brink, "Eudaimonism, Love and Friendship, and Political Community."
Herbert Marcuse's 1938 essay "On Hedonism" also attacks eudaemonism, albeit from a different perspective.
If Eudaemonism says happiness, if Utilitarianism and economics say utility, we must interpret these terms in a subjectivistic way as that which acting man aims at because it is desirable in his eyes.
Von Hildebrand objects to a "pure eudaemonism," which, in giving man's acquired beatitude priority over God Himself, "leads necessarily to a merely self-centered happiness" (143).
We have seen that the main lines of the widespread interpretations have offered a simplified anthropology, restricted the humans to the personal harmony, without context of the environment (eudaemonism); regarded them as a part of the universe, or as a part of their political community, only.
if eudaemonism (the principle of happiness) is set up as the basic principle instead of eleutheronomy (the principle of the freedom of internal lawgiving), the result is the euthanasia (easy death) of all morals.