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  Stoicism (Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry)
The consequence of such a life is apatheia, or euthymia, spiritual peace and well-being; another term for this ultimate desideratum was eudaimonia, the happy condition of the daimon, or soul, when it resembles the deity.
The Stoic had more to do than simply seek his own eudaimonia; he must, like all other individuals in nature, be of service to his fellow creatures, to his brothers under the fatherhood of God, the logos spermatikos.
Regardless of national conventions or laws, regardless of property, race, rank, or birth, he must always be cognizant of the creative fire each rational being possesses.
zork.cs.uvic.ca /quotes/stoics_encyclopedia.html   (3158 words)

 Emotion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
In Nussbaum's account, emotions are essentially cognitive states of a subject; What distinguishes emotions from other thoughts is that they refer to events or states in the world that directly relate to What she terms the individual's own self-flourishing.
Here, self-flourishing refers to a constellation of concepts taken from the Aristotelian notion of Eudaimonia.
Nussbaum's primary goal in her recent work on Emotion is to support this cognitive account of emotions against the epiphenomenal account by showing how emotions both have a logic&8212;can be considered to follow coherently or not upon one another&8212;and are directly responsive to external facts.
emotion.iqnaut.net   (2862 words)

 Plotinus [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The true or noble desire or love is for pure beauty, i.e., the intelligible Beauty (noetos kalon) made known by contemplation (theoria).
Since this Beauty is unchangeable, and the source of all earthly or material, i.e., mutable, beauty, the soul will find true happiness (eudaimonia) when it attains an unmediated vision (theoria) of Beauty.
IV.8.3-4) -- even if this means a temporary lapse into evil on the part of the individual or 'fragmented' souls that actively shape and govern matter.
www.iep.utm.edu /p/plotinus.htm   (8030 words)

The Epicureans' answer was deceptively straightforward: the happy life is the one which is most pleasant.
One is tempted to think that this is simply a misuse of the word ‘happiness’ (or would be, if the Stoics had been speaking English).
We are inclined to think (and a Greek talking about eudaimonia would arguably be similarly inclined) that happiness has something to do with getting what you want and not merely ordering one's wants rationally regardless of whether they are satisfied.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/stoicism   (11567 words)

 The Philosopher's Stone
A single last end would imply an entire code of conduct and way of life.
Aristotle himself proposed happiness (eudaimonia) as last end.
Epicurus named pleasure (absence of pain, if you read his fine print).
www.quackgrass.com /stone.html   (4829 words)

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