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Definition of EUDAEMONISM
: a theory that the highest ethical goal is happiness and personal well-being
Variants of EUDAEMONISM
eu·dae·mo·nism or eu·dai·mo·nism\-ˈdī-\
Origin of EUDAEMONISM
Greek eudaimonia happiness, from eudaimōn having a good attendant spirit, happy, from eu- + daimōn spirit — more at demon
First Known Use: 1827
In ethics, the view that the ultimate justification of virtuous activity is happiness. Virtuous activity may be conceived as a means to happiness, or well-being, or as partly constitutive of it (seeteleological ethics). Ethical eudaemonism should be distinguished from psychological eudaemonism, which holds that happiness is the ultimate motive of virtuous activity.