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Eudemonism; Eudaimonism; Eudaemonism; Eudaimonist; Eudaemonia; Eudemonia; Eudamonia; Eudaimonic; Eudomonia; Eudemonics; Eudaemonist; Eudaimonics; Eudaemonics; Eudaemonic; Udimonia
  • David]] portrayed the philosopher in ''[[The Death of Socrates]]'' (1787).
  • [[Epicurus]] identified eudaimonia with the life of pleasure.
  • Eudaimonic well-being in 166 nations based on Gallup World Poll data
  • Head of [[Aristotle]]. Roman copy in marble of the mid-1st century from the Greek original c. 320 BC
  • [[The School of Athens]] by [[Raffaello Sanzio]], 1509, showing [[Plato]] (left) and [[Aristotle]] (right)
  • [[Pyrrho]]
  • Zeno]] thought happiness was a "good flow of life".
  • [[G. E. M. Anscombe]]

·noun That system of ethics which defines and enforces moral obligation by its relation to happiness or personal well-being.
(also eudemonism)
¦ noun a system of ethics that bases moral value on the likelihood of actions producing happiness.
eudaemonist noun
eudaemonistic adjective
C19: from Gk eudaimonismos 'system of happiness', from eudaimon 'happy', from eu 'well' + daimon 'guardian spirit'.
n.; (also eudemonism)
Hedonism, utilitarianism, hedonistic or utilitarian philosophy, Epicureanism, Benthamism.



Eudaimonia (Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯moníaː]; sometimes anglicized as eudaemonia or eudemonia, ) is a Greek word literally translating to the state or condition of 'good spirit', and which is commonly translated as 'happiness' or 'welfare'.

In works of Aristotle, eudaimonia was the term for the highest human good in older Greek tradition. It is the aim of practical philosophy-prudence, including ethics and political philosophy, to consider and experience what this state really is, and how it can be achieved. It is thus a central concept in Aristotelian ethics and subsequent Hellenistic philosophy, along with the terms aretē (most often translated as 'virtue' or 'excellence') and phronesis ('practical or ethical wisdom').

Discussion of the links between ēthikē aretē (virtue of character) and eudaimonia (happiness) is one of the central concerns of ancient ethics, and a subject of much disagreement. As a result, there are many varieties of eudaimonism.