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. 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).
- 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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