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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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Morality, Ancient and Modern

Morality, Ancient and Modern

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(p.439) 22 Morality, Ancient and Modern
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The Morality of Happiness
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Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0023

Ancient and modern ethical theories are compared, with renewed warning against reading modern assumptions into ancient texts. The book's discussions of ancient theories supports the position that ancient concerns about virtue can reasonably be compared with modern concerns with morality, and that the chief difference is the eudaimonistic structure of ancient theories. Some contrasts with modern theories are briefly drawn.

Keywords:   ancient ethical theories, happiness, modern ethical theories, morality, virtue

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