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Happiness“The Goal of Goals is Happiness”Aristotle
Who Was AristotleGreek(384-322 B.C.E.)PhilosopherMathematicianLogicianBiologistFollowed in the tradition ofSocratesPlatoTutor toAlexander the Great
Modern Definitions of HappinessPleasureShort termMoment-to-momentViewed in small individual segments“I am happy when I don’t have to work”“I am happy when I have a lot of money”“I am happy when I hit a homerun”
Aristotle’s Definition of HappinessEudaimonia (Aristotle’s term for happiness)Human FlourishingHuman excellenceNot moment-to-momentBut a person’s total life viewed as a wholeEven after their deathEudaimonia (according to Aristotle)“To lead a life of rational activity in accordance with virtue”For AristotleIt is the meaning of life
RationalityUnique to human beingsOur “function” as human beingsThe function of a knife is to cutThe function of the human being is toThinkReasonLearnUnderstand
Virtue

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