<ethics, moral philosophy> self-control. According to Plato, a person who has the virtue of moderation subordinates the desire for pleasure to the dictates of reason. For Aristotle, all virtues are to be understood as the mean between vicious extremes. Recommended Reading: James S. Hans, The Golden Mean (SUNY, 1994); Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, tr. by W. D. Ross, J. L. Ackrill, and J. O. Urmson (Oxford, 1998); Sarah Broadie, Ethics With Aristotle (Oxford, 1995); and Charles Hartshorne, Wisdom As Moderation: A Philosophy of the Middle Way (SUNY, 1987).
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