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Single Idea 21836

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 2. Happiness / b. Eudaimonia]

Full Idea

Nussbaum says the post-Aristotelian philosophers did much more than simply advancing and refining Aristotle's ethics. They advanced eudaimonics by explicitly endorsing the medical analogy.

Gist of Idea

Philosophers after Aristotle endorsed the medical analogy for eudaimonia


report of Martha Nussbaum (The Therapy of Desire [1994]) by Owen Flanagan - The Really Hard Problem 4 'Eudaimoncs'

Book Reference

Flanagan,Owen: 'The Really Hard Problem' [MIT 2007], p.112

A Reaction

Since Aristotle is all about the successful functioning of the psuche, this idea is obviously implicit in his original texts. It needs a positive concept of mental health, and not a mere absence of mental illness. See the Mindapples campaign.

Related Idea

Idea 21835 We need Eudaimonics - the empirical study of how we should flourish [Flanagan]