The ethical doctrine that personal happiness is the chief good and the proper aim of action, esp. such happiness conceived of in terms of well-being based on virtuous and rational self-realization.
A system of ethics that evaluates actions in terms of their capacity to produce happiness.
A philosophical notion, or system of ethics, which measures happiness in relation to morality. (Not to be confused with utilitarianism, which similarly emphasizes happiness but conceives of it differently.)
Origin of eudaemonism
From Ancient Greek εὐδαίμων (eudaimōn, “having a good genius, happy, fortunate”), from εὖ (eu, “well”) + δαίμων (daimōn, “a genius, spirit”)
Eudaemonism Sentence Examples
On the other hand attempts have been made to separate hedonism, as the search for a continuous series of physical pleasures, from eudaemonism, a condition of enduring mental satisfaction.
The term Eudaemonia has been taken in a large number of senses, with consequent variations in the meaning of Eudaemonism.
Among modern writers, James Seth (Ethical Princ., 1894) resumes Aristotle's position, and places Eudaemonism as the mean between the Ethics of Sensibility (hedonism) and the Ethics of Rationality, each of which overlooks the complex character of human life.
The value of the term Eudaemonism as an antithesis to Hedonism is thus very questionable.