Plato on well-being

Authored by: Eric Brown

The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657


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To speak of well-being, as they frequently do, the characters in Plato’s dialogues use several expressions interchangeably, including the infinitive phrases “to live well” (eu zēn), “to be successful” (eudaimonein), and “to do well” (eu prattein), as well as the related abstract nouns “success” and “doing well” (eudaimonia, eupragia). The concept invoked by these expressions plays two central roles in their discussions, as some characters propose that well-being is, or at least should be, the ultimate goal for both individual human action and political decision making.

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