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PHI 240: Ethics and Moral Philosophy – Essay: Essay 3 Aristotle: 1) Present and evaluate Aristotle’s explanation of incontinence ( akrasia ). Aristotle was a Greek philosopher. He dealt with Ethical matters of continence and incontinence. Incontinence is a word that is translated from Akrasia which is a Greek term. Incontinence refers to a lack of self-control or weakness of will. It is when a person acts against their own judgement or will. Aristotle believed in using puzzles to come up with solutions to philosophical inquiries. On incontinence he asked how a man who judges rightly can behave incontinently. He disagreed with the notion that incontinence is a matter of opinion and not knowledge. He stated that one person’s opinion may be as strong as another person’s knowledge. Therefore, to Aristotle incontinence can happen without ruling out knowledge. Aristotle stated that an incontinent man can have knowledge on ethics but does not use it.
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