What Is Eudaimonia?



Eudaimonia, or human well-being and flourishing, occupies the same role in Western thought that traditional enlightenment does in Buddhism. This chapter elucidates Aristotle’s idea of eudaimonia in depth. It then illustrates how Aristotle continues to inform virtue ethics and understandings of well-being in contemporary philosophy through examining the work of Neera Badhwar, Daniel Haybron, Damien Keown, Daniel Russell, and Valerie Tiberius. It also illustrates how Aristotle informs understandings of well-being in modern psychology through examining the work of Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, and positive psychologists such as Martin Seligman. The questions of (1) whether virtue and happiness are both necessary for well-being and (2) the relationship between subjective well-being and living an objectively good life recur throughout the chapter.


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