Plotinus on Eudaimonia

McGroarty, Kieran (1994) Plotinus on Eudaimonia. Hermathena, 157. pp. 103-115.

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss a tract from the Enneads listed 46th in the chronological order and entitled EGGa~~oviaq. Many critics have translated this as "Happiness', but as I shall make clear, eudaimonia is not equivalent to happiness. Neither is it equivalent to 'well-being', 'Gluckseligkeit', 'bonheur' or any such unqualified term. A more recent attempt to translate it comes from Ciapalo who calls it: 'the good state of one's inner reality' and equates it with the attainment of the One by those beings who live superabundantly. As we shall see, this is much closer to what Plotinus has in mind and since a single term does not suffice I shall transliterate rather than transIate the term and hope that by the end of this paper the content of eudaimonia will have been made clear.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 'Plotinus', 'Eudaimonia', 'Happiness', Aristotle', 'Stoics', Epictetus.
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
Item ID: 776
Depositing User: Dr. Kieran McGroarty
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Hermathena
Publisher: University of Dublin
Refereed: Yes

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