what is aristotle's understanding of happiness?

what is aristotle's understanding of happiness?

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  • j153e
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    1 decade ago
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    Aristotle's understanding of happiness is similar to Maslow's.

    Aristotle calls it eudaimonia (roots include eu, good, and daimon, supercharged activity; "demon" is a pejorative derivative). Maslow calls it self-actualization.

    Both have the understanding that there are form/species-specific design needs, and that fulfilling of these (Maslow terms it hierarchy of needs) fulfills the excellence, or virtue, of a form/-type. (Aristotle views human mind as perceiver of forms, which are with and distinct from objects. Forms present a type of dialectic dynamic, regarding causes as the in-forming dynamic which changes/morphs one form into the next, like some screen savers where cubes morph into spheres, etc.)

    In a sense, Aristotle and Maslow both recognize that happiness is more than endorphin rushes; i.e., happiness is an endorphin rush per fulfilling one's reason for being, rather than simply a "sugar high" or "cheap thrill."

    "A Philosophy of Universality," O. M. Aivanhov;

    "The Path of the Higher Self," Mark Prophet.

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