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The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness

Øyvind Rabbås, Eyjólfur K. Emilsson, Hallvard Fossheim, and Miira Tuominen


What is a good life? How do we become happy? These are questions of perennial concern to human beings, questions that we encounter today in all sorts of public and private discourse. One of the distinguishing marks of ancient ethics from Socrates to Augustine is precisely that it places the concept of happiness (eudaimonia, felicitas, beatitudo) and the good life at the centre of ethical thought. This book focuses on different parts and features of the ancient discussion. After a substantial introduction, the fourteen chapters move from the Pre-Socratics through Plato, Aristotle, and the Helle ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, eudaimonia, happiness, ethics, normativity, ethical naturalism, function argument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Øyvind Rabbås, editor
University of Oslo

Eyjólfur K. Emilsson, editor
University of Oslo

Hallvard Fossheim, editor
University of Bergen

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