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also eu·dai·mon·ism or eu·de·mon·ism  (yo͞o-dē′mə-nĭz′əm)
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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(juːˈdiːməˌnɪzəm) or


(Philosophy) philosophy an ethical doctrine holding that the value of moral action lies in its capacity to produce happiness
euˈdemonist, euˈdaemonist n
euˌdemonˈistic, euˌdaemonˈistic, euˌdemonˈistical, euˌdaemonˈistical adj
euˌdemonˈistically, euˌdaemonˈistically adv
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or eu•dae•mon•ism

(yuˈdi məˌnɪz əm)

the doctrine in ethics that the basis of moral obligations is found in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness.
eu•de′mon•ist, n.
eu•de`mon•is′tic, adj.
eu•de`mon•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eudemonism - an ethical system that evaluates actions by reference to personal well-being through a life based on reason
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
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This position is better known as eudemonism, closely linked with Aristotle's ethics according to which everyone ought to strive to be happy in life, happy as a human individual.
To do this is to provide oneself with what one requires for flourishing, excelling, developing in positive ways along lines of Aristotelian eudemonism.
(Not all that different from Aristotle's eudemonism. (2)) This does include one's economic flourishing but is by no means confined to it.