How are mortality and morals connected?

Happiness and morality. Contexts, connections and delimitations

Happiness pp 42-50 | Cite as


In the course of the history of philosophy, the relationship between the concepts of happiness and morality has been determined equally by correspondences and opposites. Both semantic and systematic reasons are responsible for this fact. While happiness is tied to the subjective perspective of people, morality means receptivity to the legitimate claims of other people. In moral attitudes, self-interest does not outweigh the interests of other people simply because it is in the interest of the reflective person. Morality also implies the ability to act and influence. These practical possibilities do not seem to exist in the same way in the case of luck. Especially from the point of view of modern philosophy, happiness is more likely to be found and is by no means the direct result of moral education. But happiness and morality share the quality of the unavailable. Individuals have no direct influence on the fact that happiness occurs, and they cannot influence whether certain attitudes and behaviors can be considered morally good or not.

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