Escaping Bondage to the Somatic Passions

  • Padmasiri de SilvaEmail author


Self-control is the virtue of living according to a person’s accepted moral values. He should have the capacity to do so by his skills with courage and persistence. Lack of self-control is described as “weakness of will”. Aristotle made a distinction between the incontinent man who gives into sensual passions, knowing that it is morally unacceptable, while with the intemperate man it is second nature to give into sensual passions and has no qualms about its moral implications. Aristotle says that the incontinent man can readily be persuaded to change his future behaviour. Socrates was presenting a one-track ‘cognitive’ theory where knowledge automatically leads to action. In a Buddhist Perspective on Weakness of Will:

Mindfulness lies at the core of Buddhist meditative practice, yet its essence is universal. It has to do with refining our capacities for paying attention, for sustained and penetrative awareness.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophical, Historical and International StudiesMonash UniversitySpringvaleAustralia

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