Definition of eudaemonism in English:

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eudaemonism

Pronunciation: /juːˈdiːmənɪz(ə)m/
(also eudemonism)

noun

[mass noun]
A system of ethics that bases moral value on the likelihood of actions producing happiness.
Example sentences
  • He states, ‘Whereas Marxism called for the power of capital to be destroyed, eudemonism [the politics of happiness] calls for it to be ignored.’
  • He suggests ‘eudemonism’: a political philosophy that proposes a society in which people can pursue the activities that truly improve their individual and collective wellbeing.
  • The system there exposed is a system of Eudaemonism, not of Deontology.

Derivatives

eudaemonist

noun
Example sentences
  • This second occasion may be termed, following Deleuze, Epicurean (or, for Kant, eudaemonist); as Deleuze points out, it does without the dual causality that the idea of incorporeal effects introduces.

eudaemonistic

Pronunciation: /juːdiːməˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • If this theory of value is combined with other elements of classic utilitarianism, the resulting theory can be called perfectionist consequentialism or, in deference to its Aristotelian roots, eudaemonistic consequentialism.
  • In his work, he claimed that ethics is eudaemonistic - it is about the quest for the good life and the satisfaction of our basic needs.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek eudaimonismos 'system of happiness', from eudaimōn 'happy', from eu 'well' + daimōn 'guardian spirit'.

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