Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

Which vice is more blameworthy—over-indulgence or cowardice?


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Aristotle says that over-indulgence is motivated by pleasure, and cowardice by pain. Since pleasure is less distortive of voluntary disposition than pain, then, over-indulgence is easier to prevent voluntarily. Therefore, it seems to follow that over-indulgence is more blameworthy a vice.