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The Morality of Happiness

Julia Annas


The book examines the major traditions of ancient ethical theory, showing that they share a common theoretical structure. They are examples of eudaimonism, a type of ethical theory in which the basic concepts are those of happiness and virtue. The book looks at the way this type of theory is articulated in Aristotle, and then at the differing versions of it to be found in Epicurus, the Stoics, and Academic and Pyrrhonian Sceptics. We find a common structure: we all implicitly seek a final end in all our actions, but different theories offer rival accounts of what this consists in. To gain a pr ... More

Keywords: ancient ethical theory, eudaimonism, final end, happiness, modern ethical theory, nature, other‐concern, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195096525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Annas, author
University of Arizona
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