eudemonism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eudemonism an ethical system that evaluates actions by reference to personal well-being through a life based on reason
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eudemonism The doctrine of happiness, or the system of philosophy which makes human happiness its highest object, declaring that the production of happiness is the sole criterion for the validity of moral maxims; hedonism. Some writers distinguish eudemonism, as including the satisfaction of altruistic sentiments under happiness, from the purely egoistic hedonism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eudemonism ū-dē′mon-izm the system of ethics that makes happiness the test of rectitude—whether Egoistic, as Hobbes, or Altruistic, as Mill
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. eudaimonia, happiness—eu, well, daimōn, a god.

Usage

In literature:

I heard him once call Eudemon from St. Victor's gate to Montmartre.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
I heard him once call Eudemon from St. Victor's gate to Montmartre.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
At Mans, said Eudemon, Francis Cornu, apothecary, had turned an old set of Extravagantes into waste paper.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Gargantua, a man of fifty-five, is introduced to Eudemon, a boy of twelve.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
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