Eudaimonia is a focal concept in Plato and Aristotle. It is commonly rendered by ‘happiness’, which is alright if that term is used in a non-determinate sense. It connotes acting well; not merely doing a thing that is to be done, but achieving a value that inheres in action, and lends it point. Virtue is needed both to suggest subordinate goals, and to protect the agent from being led off course by temptations.
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