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22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 5. Happiness / d. Routes to happiness

[how can happiness be achieved?]

35 ideas
Happiness is identifying and separating the pleasures [Stobaeus on Democritus]
The road of freedom is the surest route to happiness [Xenophon on Aristippus elder]
A good person is bound to act well, and this brings happiness [Plato]
If a person is good they will automatically become happy [Plato]
One should exercise both the mind and the body, to avoid imbalance [Plato]
Plato decided that the virtuous and happy life was the philosophical life [Nehamas on Plato]
For peace of mind, you need self-government, indifference and independence [Diogenes of Sin.]
Perhaps we get a better account of happiness as the good for man if we know his function [Aristotle]
If happiness can be achieved by study and effort, then it is open to anyone who is not corrupt [Aristotle]
Oxen, horses and children cannot be happy, because they cannot perform fine deeds [Aristotle]
Happiness needs total goodness and a complete life [Aristotle]
Happiness is activity in accordance with complete virtue, for a whole life, with adequate external goods [Aristotle]
The happy life is in accordance with goodness, which implies seriousness [Aristotle]
Slaves can't be happy, because they lack freedom [Aristotle]
The best life is that of the intellect, since that is in the fullest sense the man [Aristotle]
Happiness involves three things, of which the greatest is either wisdom, virtue, or pleasure [Aristotle]
Happiness is composed of a catalogue of internal and external benefits [Aristotle]
The best life is not sensuality, but rational choice and healthy opinion [Epicurus]
Ecstasy is for the neo-Platonist the highest psychological state of man [Feuerbach on Plotinus]
We live for the past or future, and so are never happy in the present [Pascal]
Realising our future misery is a kind of happiness [Rochefoucauld]
Man's highest happiness consists of perfecting his understanding, or reason [Spinoza]
Supreme human happiness is the greatest possible increase of his perfection [Leibniz]
Mill wondered if he would be happy if all his aims were realised, and answered no [Critchley on Mill]
We can only achieve happy moments, not happy eras [Nietzsche]
The only happiness is happiness with illusion [Nietzsche]
A good human will be virtuous because they are happy [Nietzsche]
The shortest path to happiness is forgetfulness, the path of animals (but of little value) [Nietzsche]
Happiness is not satisfaction of desires, but fulfilment of values [Scruton on Bradley]
A happy and joyous life must largely be a quiet life [Russell]
We might not choose a very moral life, if the character or constitution was deficient [Frankfurt]
The quality of a life is not altogether independent of its length [Glover]
Control is the key to well-being [Kekes]
Well-being needs correct attitudes and well-ordered commitments to local values [Kekes]
Virtue may be neither sufficient nor necessary for eudaimonia [Hursthouse]