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A straightforward application on the Doctrine of the Mean to the case of temperance, such as Aristotle offers in Eudemian Ethics III.2, does not do justice to the problems the virtue raises, problems that he sees clearly and effectively addresses in Nicomachean Ethics III.10-12.


Charles Young presented “Aristotle on Temperance” at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco, March 21, 1985. A revised version was published in The Philosophical Review 97 (1988) 521-542. That version is available online on JSTOR. It was reprinted in John P. Anton & Anthony Preus, eds. 1991. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Vol. IV: Aristotle’s Ethics. SUNY Press, 107-126, and again in Classical Philosophy: Collected Papers, ed. by T. Irwin, v. 5 (New York and London: Garland, 1995), 339-360.

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