Template:Otheruses Template:Wiktionarypar Incontinence ("a want of continence or self-restraint") is often used by philosophers to translate the Greek term Akrasia (ἀκρασία). Often used to refer to a lacking in moderation or self-control, especially related to sexual desire.[1] This concept is also called wantonness.

Aristotle in Book VII of Nicomachean Ethics described incontinence as knowing virtue, but not having habituated it to control passion. For example: "Though I know courage is a virtue and understand the benefit to my situation, I am a coward because I have not habituated courage and can't control of my fear." (Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book VII).


  1. - incontinence

Further readingEdit

  • Dahl, N.O. 1984. Practical Reason, Aristotle, and the Weakness of Will. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Wedin, M. 1988. Mind and Imagination in Aristotle. New Heaven: Yale University Press.

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