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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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The Morality of Happiness
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Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0001

The book's methodology is set out: we must be critically aware of the theoretical assumptions we bring to the study of ancient ethics, or we risk importing anachronism. The limits of the ancient evidence should also be respected. We must also be aware of the structures of modern ethical theories and prepared to find that ancient theories differ. The ancient traditions and their major sources are listed: Aristotle, Stoics, Sceptics, Cyrenaics, Epicurus and hybrid theories.

Keywords:   ancient ethical theories, Aristotle, Cyrenaics, Epicurus, methodology, modern ethical theories, Sceptics, Stoics

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