Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

To the governance of which bodily senses does temperance apply?


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Aristotle rules out the idea that sensations brought about by sight, hearing and smell could be governed temperately by the virtuous person. This is because it is simply awkward to entertain the idea that there can be vices associated with these senses. Instead, Aristotle says that temperance is most properly said of touch and taste, since the vices of gluttony and destitution seem to apply most properly to sensations brought about by these senses.