Ethics as based on the Aristotelian notion of eudaimonia or human flourishing. While closely allied to virtue ethics, the approach is different when the Greek equation between acting virtuously and flourishing is broken. Eudaimonism can also vary in so far as different conceptions arise of what it is to truly flourish. Thus the Cyrenaics stress sensual pleasure; the Stoics place emphasis on detachment from worldly goods, such as health and friendship; Aquinas puts more emphasis on happiness as the eternal contemplation of God; and so on.

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