Count no one happy: Eudaimonia and positive psychology

Robert L. Woolfolk, Rachel H. Wasserman

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Some aspects of "second-generation" Positive Psychology are analyzed and their origins explored. In particular, Seligman's importation of the concept of eudaimonia from Aristotelian ethics is critiqued and found to be problematic. This conclusion is reached through an examination of the concept of eudaimonia as it was employed in ancient philosophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Psychology(all)

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