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1. Philosophical happiness: early theories

Since classical antiquity, the assumption that all human beings want to be happy has been one of the undisputed premises of philosophical ethics. Since Aristotle (4th century BCE), happiness or felicity has been understood as the highest good, pursued for its own sake, and ultimate goal of all hum…

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Newmark, Catherine, “Happiness”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020310>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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