Professor Iakovos Vasiliou raises puzzles about eudaimonism as attributed to Greek ethical philosophers and taken up in contemporary philosophical discussions. The concept of eudaimonia is used for two purposes: as an account of well-being and as a practical principle. Professor Vasiliou will argue that these two roles are in greater tension than scholars and philosophers have appreciated.
Iakovos Vasiliou is the author of Aiming at Virtue in Plato (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His papers have appeared in American Philosophical Quarterly, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Classical Quarterly, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and other venues. He’s also been interviewed by 3AM Magazine (http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/plato-aims-at-virtue/).