Word of the DayMonday, September 03, 2012
\at-uh-RAK-see-uh\ , noun;
A state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.
The former breathes only peace and liberty; he desires only to live and be free from labor; even the ataraxia of the Stoic falls far short of his profound indifference to every other object.
-- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and a Discourse on Political Economy
Thus, hedonism ends in ataraxia, which confirms the paradoxical relation between sadism and stoicism.
-- Marquis de Sade, 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings
Ataraxia stems from the Greek word of the same spelling that meant "impassiveness."
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Words of the Day