From the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness: 400 B.C. A.D. 1780

@article{Mcmahon2004FromTH,
  title={From the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness: 400 B.C. A.D. 1780},
  author={Darrin M. Mcmahon},
  journal={Daedalus},
  year={2004},
  volume={133},
  pages={5-17}
}
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