Many ancient philosophers argued that our thinking and behavior should be grounded in a conception of eudaimonia, or human flourishing and virtue, instead of, for example, a hedonistic conception of happiness. A growing number of contemporary psychologists and philosophers think that there is something deeply correct about this general eudaimonist approach, even if we may not fully accept all of the specific arguments and views propounded, for example, by Aristotle and the Stoics.
This conference is intended to bring together philosophers and psychologists who are interested in developing a contemporary eudaimonist approach and in discussing how to best appropriate Ancient views. The conference will focus primarily on theory – to address key issues in the definition of eudaimonia, the importance of eudaimonia, challenges in studying eudaimonia, and future directions of eudaimonia scholarship – with a secondary, but active interest in empirical investigations of eudaimonia.
The conference will feature plenary sessions with speakers who have focused their scholarship on eudaimonia, and we have issued a call for papers to include a broad range of scholars.
The conference is sponsored through the generous support of the University of Miami Ethics Program and the Arsht Ethics Initiatives.