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also eu·dai·mon·ism or eu·de·mon·ism  (yo͞o-dē′mə-nĭz′əm)
A system of ethics that evaluates actions in terms of their capacity to produce happiness.

eu·dae′mo·nist n.
eu·dae′mon·is′tic, eu·dae′mon·is′ti·cal adj.


(juːˈdiːməˌnɪzəm) or


(Philosophy) philosophy an ethical doctrine holding that the value of moral action lies in its capacity to produce happiness
euˈdemonist, euˈdaemonist n
euˌdemonˈistic, euˌdaemonˈistic, euˌdemonˈistical, euˌdaemonˈistical adj
euˌdemonˈistically, euˌdaemonˈistically adv


or eu•dae•mon•ism

(yuˈdi məˌnɪz əm)

the doctrine in ethics that the basis of moral obligations is found in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness.
eu•de′mon•ist, n.
eu•de`mon•is′tic, adj.
eu•de`mon•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

eudemonism, eudaemonism

Ethics. a moral system based upon the performance of right actions to achieve happiness. — eudemonist, eudaemonist, n.
See also: Happiness
the ethical doctrine that the basis of morality lies in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness, especially in a life governed by reason rather than pleasure. eudemonist, eudaemonist, n.
See also: Ethics
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Noun1.eudemonism - an ethical system that evaluates actions by reference to personal well-being through a life based on reason
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
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In fact, "any hedonism, eudemonism, and other ethical systems which fail to express clearly the possibility of a response to a person in virtue of her inner preciousness and for her own sake fail to do justice to the person," and this includes any broadly Aristotelian or Thomistic ethical theory.
The eudemonism that characterizes A Cidade e as Serras, represented by Jacinto's search for a unified universe different from Paris, needs to be interpreted in light of the notion that human beings are unable to reach happiness.
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